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Date(s) - January 15, 2022 - March 5, 2022
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Journal of Black Innovation

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SAN FRANCISCO–Greg Robinson, Director, James Webb Space Telescope in the NASA Science Missions Directorate, gives the inside view of the $10 billion project as the Virgnia Union and  Howard University alumnus gives the Roy L. Clay Technology Pinnacle speech during Innovation&Equity21: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology on Jan. 15, 2022, the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther king.

Yolanda Richardson, Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency, gives an update of the impact of the COVID-19 spread among Black Californians.  She was named the nation’s top public administrator for her work as czar of the state’s pandemic response.
Robert Pittman, Chief Information Security Officer of San Bernardino County and author of a book on cyberprotection, leads a powerpacked panel on protecting cyberspace.
Dr. Malcolm Fabiyi, Chief Operating Officer, 3 Degrees Group, leading a discussion of meaningful engagement in environment and land use with Wayne Perry, Chairman/CEO of Cornerstone Conciium, a construction management and technology firm, and environmental researcher Raymond Tompkins.
Drs. Eddilisa and Marcus Martin, Founders, 2M Clinical, among a group of African-American health innovators with Derek Peterson, CEO of Soter Technologies; Colleen Payne-Nabors, CEO of MCI Diagnostics and Gerald Commissiong, CEO of Todos Medical USA
Dr. Cynthia Warrick, President of Stillman College, describes how to increase Black science impact through HBCUs
The 21st annual 50 Most includes nine other NASA officials, impacting every phase of the nation’s space program. 
-Karla Smith Jackson, Assistant Administrator for Procurement
Clayton Turner, Director, Langley Space Center (site for the movie “HIdden Figures”)
Marcus Watkins, Director, Office of Jet Propulsion Lab Management and Oversight
Gen. Lester Lyles (USAF, RET) Chair, Space Advisory Board
– Vanessa E. Wyche, Director, Johnson Space Center
Kelvin Manning, Deputy Director, John F. Kennedy Space Center
Barbara L. Brown, Director, Exploration Research and Technology Programs
Tamiko Fletcher, CISO, Kennedy Space Center
Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director, Technology and Research Investments, Goddard Space Center
Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame member Roy L. Clay, now in his 90s, got his first job as a programmer in 1956 as a direct result of the Montgomery bus and Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court rulings and programmed the first computers for McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis and Lawrence Radiation Lab in California.
The Technology Pinnacle Awards go to Robinson, Gen. C.Q. Brown, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Shawnzia Thomas, Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority and Georgia State Chief Information Officer.  Late registration is at blackmoney.com/innovationequity21
One of the major purposes of the 50 Most is to inspire new generations to technology and science careers, achieving a 40 percent increase for Blacks in technology over the past 21 years from 400,000 to 560,000.    
Another selectee, Jeffrey Devine, CEO of San Diego-based Devine Consulting, showed his work on the Sophia aerial telescope for NASA to Civic Center Secondary School students in San Francisco in November and will host them at Ames Space Flight Center in 2022.  Devine began programming at age nine in Compton, CA.  
Innovation&Equity21 will be broadcast to schools subscribing to ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage, the African-American children’s instructional channel.  The event begins a seven week Season of Science with weekly programs on African-American innovators and the 14th annual Come to the Water Black history course highlighting the California African-American Freedom Trail.  A second in-person event to present awards to the honorees on March 5, Black American Day in California to mark the martyrdom of Crispus Attucks, will feature African-American chefs, brewers and vintners plus a Black history sea cruise with entertainment by Lea Sweet, the Black Queen of Country Music.
This year’s program also includes the second annual BlackBio100, the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure and the blackmoney.com Top Dealmakers  Innovation&Equity21 is the annual scientific proceeding of the monthly Journal of Black Innovation and part of the year-round programming of the Dr. T. Nathaniel Burbridge Center for Inclusive Innovation.
Other notables include former Lowell High quarterback Thomas W. Mitchell, a Texas A&M law professor presented the McArthur genius grant in 2021 and Stanford professor Dr. Aida Habtezion, who took leave in 2021 to become chief medical officer of Pfizer, the leading worldwide firm in pandemic response.
Click on the red button “IE21 Jan. 15-March 5 Season of Science” to register for Innovation&Equity21 at blackmoney.com/innovationequity21.   We have events from next Saturday through Black American Day elevating Black pioneers.

Innovation&Equity21 is the 21st annual scientific proceeding of the Journal of Black Innovation featuring the presentation of the Roy L. Clay Sr. Technology Pinnacle Awards to Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force and Shawnzia Thomas, Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority and Georgia State Chief Information Officer.

Convening will be selectees to:

  • 21st annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology
  • BlackBio100
  • 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure
  • Top100 African Technologists
  • Blackmoney.com Investment Dealmakers in Private Equity, Venture Capital

The program begins at 10 a.m. Pacific on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 15, 2022, at the offices of the Journal of Black Innovation, 181 Second St. in San Francisco.   Registration provides for either physical or virtual attendance through the interactive live stream or archives.

Past Pinnacle winners include: 2020  Derek Peterson, CEO/Founder of Soter Technologies in Long Island, New York and Dr. Timnit Gebru, Co-Founders of Blacks in AI and 2019 Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, (RET) former director of the Defense Logistics Agency and Freddie Figgers, CEO of Figgers Communications, the only domestic smart phone manufacturer.  Archives of those programs are available with registration.

Registration also includes a year-round membership to the Dr. T. Nathaniel Burbridge Center for Inclusive Innovation, dedicated to the first Black medical faculty in California and the president of the San Francisco NAACP during the United San Francisco Freedom Movement from 1963-65, the most successful civil rights campaign of the 1960s with 375 employer agreements to practice equal opportunity.  The Center is designed to foster large-scale African-American enterprises which serve as economic anchors for the revitalization of Black communities nationwide.

With the passage of an infrastructure plan targeting water, public transit, transportation and broadband, the Journal of Black Innovation has compiled the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure to give communities the expertise to insist on building justice.

Dr. Malcolm Fabiyi, Chief Operating Officer of 3Degrees Group, is among the experts focused on environmental justice.  Holder of nine patents in waste water, he won the Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management Medal from WEF in 2016.  Fabiyi got his start as a teen organizing against the depletion of the ozone layer.   The holder of a chemical engineering doctorate from Cambridge and an MBA from University of Chicago recently joined the Journal in presentations to the San Francisco Planning Department and National Urban League conference on “meaningful engagement,” and will lead a working group discussion monthly among the selectees with Dr. Charles Moses, Dean of Management at the University of San Francisco.

Innovation&Equity21:Breaking the Billion Dollar Barrier features the 50 Most along with the 21st annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology, the BlackBio100 and the Top 100 African Technologists on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15, 2022 in San Francisco.  It is the annual scientific proceeding of the Journal of Black Innovation and part of the year-round programming of the Dr. T. Nathaniel Burbridge Center for Inclusive Innovation.https://blackmoney.com/article/building-justice-into-infrastructure/

Selectees include:

McArthur “genius” awardee Thomas W. Mitchell of Texas A&M University


CityLab Co-founder and Georgetown Law Associate Dean Sheila Foster


Tuskegee University Dean Dr. Carla Bell


Orange County, FL Executive Byron Brooks


Baltimore Public Works Director Jason Mitchell


Port of Seattle Aviation Director Lance Lyttle


Ft. Worth Director of Transportation and Public Works William M. Johnson


National Black Business Month Co-Founder Frederick E. Jordan Sr.


“Inequity has been built into our land use policies, environmental regulation, building design and transportation in ways that the impacted persons and communities never have input into,” says Journal Publisher John William Templeton, author of Come This Far By Faith: African-Americans 1980-2020, a longitudinal demographic look at 115 metropolitan areas measuring 175 statistics over 40 years.  “We have the engineering, design, preservation and legal expertise to point out the benefits of building justice to taxpayers.”

Templeton is author of an upcoming paper in a volume by UC-San Francisco Department of Humanities and Social Science “From Freedman’s Hospitals to COVID-19” an examination of how health care infrastructure since 1865 has created health disparities.  See video at https://vimeo.com/488619960