Expert panel will recognize, celebrate African American contributions to Silicon Valley

By January 10, 2024In The News

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To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  Los Altos History Museum is hosting “Conversations and Reflections: The African American Experience in Santa Clara County,” from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 18.

A panel of experts will discuss the often-overlooked contributions made by African Americans to the business and cultural development of Silicon Valley, persevering despite deliberate barriers.

Jan Batiste Adkins, drawing from research in her book “African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County,” will reveal strategies used to tackle discrimination in housing, jobs, and community growth. Since 2007, she has served as adjunct professor of english, literature, composition, and creative writing at San Jose City College.

Kathy Cotton, creator of the documentary, “A Place at the Table,” will share how Black individuals influenced the tech industry’s growth. A former HR professional in major corporations like Hewlett-Packard Co. and TRW, she hosts the podcast “Cottontales,” a series of conversations with people of color involved primarily in high tech.

Kenan Moos, co-founder of the grassroots non-profit Justice Vanguard, will analyze the deliberate destruction of Black communities in Silicon Valley and the resulting erasure of contributions made by people in those communities. He has been awarded congressional and Senate recognition, the 2022 African American Community Service Agency MLK Gene Young Award, and…more.

Panelists for “Conversations and Reflections: The African American Experience in Santa Clara County” on January 18, 2024