Color Outside the Lines

Hello! Welcome to COTL, a discussion place for BIPOC. Posted the first 3 Wednesdays of the month

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This year’s Black History Month theme celebrates Black resistance in it’s various forms, through protest, music, politics etc. What are some ways you either continue to resist, or attempt to support it? What are some instances of Black resistance that stuck with you?

Highlight: Dr. Gladys West 

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll do a short highlight of Black scientist

Today we celebrate Dr. Gladys West, whose work at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in the 70s and 80s heavily contributed to what is now know as GPS. Dr. West programmed a computer that would compute calculations to allow her to create an accurate model of the shape of the Earth. Her model became the foundation of GPS.