We support Black History Month 1 October 2021

We support Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual adherence that recognises the events in history and achievements of members of the black community.

Here at the MA, we support Black History Month and believe that in the words of Honorary Member of the MA, Dr Nira Chamberlain:

‘You don’t need permission to be a great mathematician’

We are in collaboration with  The British Society for the History of Mathematicsthe International Centre for Mathematical Sciencesthe Institute of Mathematics and its Applicationsthe Isaac Newton Institute and the London Mathematical Society to hold a two day conference on Black Heroes of Mathematics during the  5th and 6th October.

The vision of the conference is 'To celebrate the inspirational contributions of black role models to the field of Mathematics and Mathematics Education'.

There will be a balance of technical talks by internationally renowned black speakers that include some detail of career paths and experience to provide a testimonial dimension. 

MA member Susan Okereke from  'Do The Maths Thing' will be speaking at the conference. Check out her blog aimed at mathematics educators and for anyone wanting to improve their relationship with the subject.

To view the conference programme and register to attend, please click here.


As part of Black History Month, we would like to highlight the life of Euphemia Lofton Haynes, who became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1943. Haynes became an influential leader in Washington’s African American school system.

Read her biography here.