After George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Florida teen Travyon Martin, we organized a march of more than 5,000 people from the Atlanta University Center to CNN Center. After the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., young activists organized a march of another 5,000 from CNN Center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Moderated by Rick Badie
Today, an entrepreneur/software architect addresses the race and gender disparity in the tech world; a recent Atlanta conference focused on the under-representation of minorities in the innovation economy. The other column highlights an “empowerment conference” for black youth that addressed police interaction and domestic violence, among other topics.
Few minorities in tech industry
By Hank Williams
Recently, Morehouse College and Georgia Tech hosted Platform Summit 2014 to explore diversity in technology. The conference followed revelations by many top-technology companies that the percentage of underrepresented minorities in their ranks is in the single digits. Conference speakers the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Janelle Monae, Van Jones, Ralph de la Vega and others drove dialogue and solutions around this issue.