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Dr. Marian Croak:  Inventor of (VOIP) Technology Behind Skype, Video Conferencing, And Text-To-Give Messaging

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Dr. Marian Croak (1955 – )

The African American woman that made it possible for us to enjoy video conferencing, and internet/wifi generated phone calls is Dr. Marian Croak. Croak created Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP technology makes it possible for voice communications and other media to be transmitted over the internet (internet protocol or IP).  In 1982, she began her career at AT & T/Bell Laboratories.  At that time Croak anticipated the advent of using the internet to transmit voice communication and other types of media and began to strategize on how to expand capabilities in this area.

Croak has over one hundred patents related to VoIP technologies and an additional one hundred patents pending.  “Text to give” technology that is often used to collect donations during natural disasters and other crises was also developed by Croak.  She filed a patent for this technology in 2005.  This technology was groundbreaking in changing how money is donated to charities and non-profit organizations. After 32 years at AT & T/Bell Laboratories, Croak joined Google in 2014; serving as the Vice President of Engineering.

In this role, she has overseen Google’s expansion efforts in new markets; which included technology for Project Loon.  Project Loon employs the use of balloons to help with increasing the reach of communications technology.  Croak was inducted into the Women In Technology Hall of Fame in 2013.  She enjoys long distance running and is the mother of three adult children.

Sources:

https://blackdoctor.org/525473/dr-marian-croak-creator-of-voip-the-technology-behind-skype-sms-messaging-more/2/

https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/croak-marian-r-1955/

http://www.witi.com/center/witimuseum/halloffame/319632/Marian-R.-Croak,-Ph.D.-Senior-Vice-President,-Applications-&-Services-Infrastructure-AT&T-Labs/

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/womens-history-month-salute-marian-croak

 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Role In The 1913 Women’s Suffrage March In Washington, D.C.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 African American women at Howard University. DST was the only African American women’s organization to participate in the historic march for women’s suffrage that took place in Washington DC.

March organizers did not want black women to participate. They were told to march in back of the procession. African American anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells Barnett, also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, to march in the back of the procession with her sorority sisters. Instead she joined the delegation of white women from her home state of Illinois refusing. Bravo to the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta for their activism past, present, and future.

Source:

https://www.deltasigmatheta.org

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/03/03/despite-the-tremendous-risk-african-american-women-marched-for-suffrage-too/?utm_term=.affda01654b2

The Furlough Cheesecake Company

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Nikki Howard, with the FDA, and sister Jaqi Wright, with DOJ, have started “The Furlough Cheesecake” company to help pay the bills during the government shutdown. Shout out to these two queens!! We see you! We support you!! Check out their website: https://thefurloughcheesecake.com

W.E.B.DuBois Quote

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But what of black women?… I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.

-W.E.B. Dubois

The Power of Black Girl Magic!

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Altanta Black Star reports that a young queen flexing her “black girl magic” caused some classmates to become upset. During, classroom free time, this young queen proclaimed loudly “I have black girl magic!!”. This proud proclamation apparently provoked tears from other students and prompted an email to this young queen’s mother from the teacher, asking if she could talk to her daughter about other classmates being upset.

Keep flexing that BLACK GIRL MAGIC young queen!!

Full article can be viewed at this link:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2018/11/30/can-you-speak-with-her-teacher-sends-letter-home-complaining-student-told-classmates-she-has-black-girl-magic/

“Systemic Racism Kills….LITERALLY. DAILY.” -Bree Newsome

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Another powerful quote from a SHEro on the frontlines Bree Newsome!

Systemic racism kills. Literally. Daily. This is why I have no space for folks who try to reduce the issue of racism to a mere “culture war”, as though racism is just a bad idea held by otherwise decent people & not a brutal system that deprives people of humanity

-Bree Newsome

Michelle Obama: Dropping Knowledge

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“If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table.” -Michelle Obama

Makeovers vs. Takeovers

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“Makeovers are great. TAKEOVERS are better.”

-Enid Gaddis, Black Mail

Rosalind Brewer Named Chief Operating Officer and Group President at Starbucks

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Rosalind Brewer

Rosalind Brewer, former CEO of Sam’s Club (a division of Walmart) has been named COO and group president of Starbucks. During her time at Sam’s Club, she maintained a focus on health and wellness; nearly doubling Sam’s Club’s offerings of organic items. Brewer is recognized as one of the most prominent business leaders in the U.S. She her role of CEO at Sam’s Club earlier this year. Brewer is also a member of Starbuck’s Board of Directors. In her role as COO, she will report to Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson.

Brewer was the first African American to hold a CEO role at Walmart. A native of Detroit, MI, she is a graduate of Cass Technical High School. She earned her bachelors degree in chemistry from Spellman College in Atlanta, GA and her masters degree from the Directors College at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business/Stanford Law School. Brewer is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.

She began her corporate careering working as a chemist for Kimberly Clark. She will start her new role at Starbucks in October. In 2016, Brewer was recognized as one of the world’s most powerful women in 2016, ranking No. 19 by Fortune and 57 by Forbes.

Sources:

https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2017/09/06/starbucks-names-atlantas-rosalind-brewer-as-group.html

http://fortune.com/2017/09/06/starbucks-rosalind-brewer/

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