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2014 KQED Black History Month Hero Kimberly Bryant

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Published on Feb 10, 2014

Kimberly Bryant is a biotechnology and engineering professional, who founded the San Francisco-based Black Girls CODE in 2011 to help close the digital divide for girls of color. Her organization has trained more than 1,500 girls to work in technology fields, including robotics, video game design, mobile phone application development, and computer programming. She aims to reach one million girls by 2040.

Ms. Bryant was one of 11 recipients of the 2013 White House Champions of Change Tech Inclusion Award, celebrating Americans, "who are doing extraordinary things to expand technology opportunities for young learners — especially minorities, women and girls and others from communities historically underserved or underrepresented in tech fields." She was also selected by Business Insider in 2013 as one of the 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology. She received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2012 for her work to support communities in the Bay Area.

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