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born 1967

A child of Civil Rights-era Memphis, Kimberly Bryant was born with activism in her blood. When she became an engineer, she expected to be an outsider. What she didn't expect was for black women & girls to still be outsiders 30 years later.

Inspired to make a difference for her daughter's generation, Bryant took her favorite Maya Angelou quote to heart {"I go forth alone, I stand as 10,000"} and started Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching tech skills to girls of color. Pairing hands-on training camps with parental workshops, BGC has reached thousands of girls already. Bryant's goal is 1 million by 2040.

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her quotes

all quotes by Kimberly Bryant (18)

"Instead of continuing to complain about the issue or gripe about it, I decided to found this organization and feed kids into that [technology] pipeline."

Black Girls Code | september 2012

"It will make a tremendous difference to see women in general, and also women of color, start to have seats at that table."

Kimberly Bryant - Vision for the world - Girls of color need to be included in technology | march 2013

"For our country to really become the innovative country that we have been in the past, we have to use all the skill sets available."

Kimberly Bryant - Vision for the world - Girls of color need to be included in technology | march 2013

"When you have a more diverse team, the product itself is more successful."

Kimberly Bryant - Vision for the world - Girls of color need to be included in technology | march 2013

"Girls have so much power."

Message to my young self | march 2013

"Try to find the power within you, and believe in it. You have so much power."

Message to my young self | march 2013

"Teaching girls of color to code is indeed revolutionary."

Platform Summit 2013 | june 2013

"Access to technology is the great economic equalizer of this century."

Platform Summit 2013 | july 2013

"The great economic equalizer of our generation, the great revolution of this generation, is indeed technology. And by embedding these skills and abilities in our youth today, we can change the nation—one girl, one woman and one generation at a time."

Black Girls Code | october 2013

"If you can code, you will never go hungry out there."

MIT Diversity@ML | november 2013

"Learn how to become a 'creator' of technology and not just a 'consumer'."

Connecting kids from diverse backgrounds to tech skills | february 2014

"It makes me both proud and it also is very humbling to see these things play out in my daughter’s eyes. She really is my motivation and my inspiration and my muse for this work."

One with Farai | june 2014

"Not black girls can or maybe code, but this is something that they do."

One with Farai | june 2014

"It is important to have more black tech founders in positions of influence so that minority students can find a role model with which they can identify."

with Kiratiana Feelon | july 2014

"Being able to push against that paradigm and push girls to the forefront, particularly girls of color, is going to make a tremendous difference in the industry in the years to come."

Kimberly Bryant Builds Futures with Black Girls Code | march 2015

"Women, in general, and black women have been involved in technology for ages . . . but they’re hidden. They’re not the stories that you hear about; they’re not the people that you see who are written about."

Kimberly Bryant Builds Futures with Black Girls Code | march 2015

"Not having that strong representation in the industry has really hurt in terms of attracting women into the field."

Kimberly Bryant Builds Futures with Black Girls Code | march 2015

"There becomes this untrue perception that girls don’t like technology or girls can’t do technology, which is not true at all."

Kimberly Bryant Builds Futures with Black Girls Code | march 2015
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curated with care by Meghan Miller Brawley {september 2014}