Everyone has an innergeek. It's the part of our subconscious that says, "I love tech."
Women Who Inspire Us
Anita Brown is founder and chairman of Black
Geeks Online, a nonprofit community organization based on
the Internet. This grassroots movement grew out of Ms. Brown's concern
in 1995 that people of color would be left out of the so-called digital
revolution. Ms. Brown began organizing on the Internet in 1995 when
the World Wide Web was only in its infancy. For five years she has
built credibility with her "Miss DC" and "Black Geeks" brands, using
e-mail as "push technology." From 18 charter members in 1996, Black
Geeks Online has grown to more than 25,000 registered members in November
Through its offline program, "Taking IT to the Streets," the members
demonstrate culturally-sensitive ways to bridge the "digital divide."
They set up cyberlabs in the 'hood, share success stories, and encourage
people of color to train for IT careers and/or business ownership.
Their widely forwarded Heads-UP email bulletins serve as an information
clearinghouse and cheering section for Black technologists, netpreneurs,
and community tech leaders.