Beyond Hidden Figures, the presence of Black workers in computing 1960 to 2000 before Silicon Valley


This paper builds on the use of highly educated Black mathematicians and early computer scientist to help the government and then “old line” industry move into the computer age. The paper uses census data to track the geography and concentration of Blacks in computing ahead of Silicon Valley. It shows a mapping of these jobs and the occupations with high Black presence.

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Felipe Juan
Felipe Juan
Visiting Assistant Professor for the AEA Summer Program at Howard University.

Felipe Juan is a recent graduate of the Economics PhD program at Howard University.