Black Mathematicians & The Paths To Excellence

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Mathematician, educator, and Columbia University professor Erica N. Walker has published a book examining Benjamin Banneker, Thomas Fuller, and a whole host of more recent African-Americans who earned Ph.D’s in mathematics.

Read an interview with the author here:


Read the article linked above and answer the following questions in a couple of paragraphs.  What was the author’s motivation for writing this book?  What is one thing she wished white mathematicians knew about the experiences of black mathematicians in America?  What does Dr. Walker notice about the experiences of white and black women in mathematics?  Finally, what can white mathematicians do to help make the experience of black mathematicians in America a more positive one?


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