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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass

on Proper Guidance

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. – 14th Dalai Lama

Personal Responsibility II


In all things

  1. Honor your people and
  2. Move
  3. Forward

We do math, science, engineering, and technology.

We do it well.

And we keep it pretty 🙂

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Us in Math

Us in Space

Expose your children to these relevant, interesting, and lucrative fields by expanding their knowledge of what’s out there.

Take nature walks. Explore hobby and crafts stores. Visit aquariums, zoos, and museums.

Engage them with wonder and play before they have to sit through calculus and physics.

If you plant the seed at the right age, your children will love these things simply because you do. All you will have to do going forward is guide, nurture, and support their interests.


to provide the education of your children at home rather than at public or private schools; a viable alternative to educational institutions operated by civil governments, religious or private entities.


  1. You are better able to instill your values and beliefs as there are more opportunities for interaction and while learning.
  2. You are better able to shield your children from outside negative influences.
  3. You control what your children learn and when they learn it.
  4. You can provide your child with customized attention in any subject where there is difficulty or excellence.
  5. The family bond is reinforced as the child draws his primary identity from his membership in your family rather than from his peer group.


  1. Home schooling is more expensive than public school especially if you give up a salary.
  2. You must learn to home school effectively – research difficult subjects and appropriate curriculum, find or develop extra curricular activities, team up with other homeschooling parents and tutors, and separate the roles of teacher and mom.
  3. You may end up spending 24 hours a day with your child for several days at a time.
  4. You must find children with whom your children can interact, socialize, and compete.
  5. You may have to justify your decision to home school to family and friends.


National Black Home Educators

Home School Legal Defense Association

Investment – the laying out of money, energy, or time in an enterprise with the expectation of a favorable return.

Ex. financial investments –> better income, self-improvement –> better life, education –> better opportunities, fitness –> better health.


Expenditure – the act or process of expending or spending; money, energy, or time spent on consumables, goods, or services for the immediate or short-term with the likelihood of no or a negative return.

Ex. food, drama and/or nosiness, depreciating assets.

Some expenditures are necessary and some are not.

Choose wisely.

“One of the biggest misconceptions is that a black girl who doesn’t live in the inner city is not as black.”

“There is no one way to be a black girl,” she says. “Maybe the black girl in the suburbs isn’t facing gangs every day; maybe she has to deal with anorexia or depression. She still is a black girl. There is diversity within our diversity.”

In her Butterfly workshops, she stresses that they must not let others determine who they are. There is more to the black girl than baby-maker or video vixen.

“We have the power to present ourselves in a positive light. We must speak up and speak out for ourselves.”

“Black girls today need to know where they have been to see how they have come from greatness,”

“Black history does not start with slavery. They need to know that our ancestors fought and died for us to be here. We have a responsibility to them.”

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Dr. Mae Jemison

Stephanie Wilson

Joan Higginbotham

Dr. Yvonne Cagle

Jeanette Epps, Ph.D

Leona Harris, PhD. Assistant Professor of Mathematics, The College of New Jersey

Kimberly Sellers, PhD. Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Georgetown University

Tanya (Henneman) Moore, PhD. Senior Health Management Analyst, City of Berkeley, Division of Public Health

Kimberly Weems, PhD. Assistant Professor of Statistics, North Carolina State University

Shree (Whitaker) Taylor, PhD. Principal, Delta Decisions of DC

Monica Stephens, PhD. Associate Professor of Mathematics, Spelman College


Twins Complete Masters in Math

from Class Notes 2010, LASNews  Alumni magazine for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Twin sisters Kelli Jones and Keri Jones (both BS ’03, Mathematics), both completed master’s degrees in mathematics at Chicago State University. They both also received the Graduate Honors Award. Kelli finished a master’s research project in math education while Keri completed a master’s thesis. Kelli is teaching algebra and geometry at Simeon Career Academy. Keri is teaching advanced algebra and trigonometry at Carver Military Academy.

Young African-American Women Robot Designers at Spelman College

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The SpelBots Robotics Team are the first all-women and African American undergraduate team to compete in the International RoboCup Four-Legged Soccer Competition in Osaka, Japan (2005) and Bremen, Germany (2006).