Human Computer Project to Announce Launch at Event Hosted by Americans Who Tell the Truth and ASALH Hampton Roads

PRESS RELEASE: August 31, 2015

CARTER G. WOODSON PORTRAIT INCLUDED IN AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH COLLECTION,

TO BE UNVEILED IN HAMPTON, VIRGINIA

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

AWTT: Robert Shetterly, robert@americanswhotellthetruth.org (207) 326-8459

ASALH: Audrey Williams, lvwitch1@aol.com (757) 303-6170

Human Computer Project: Margot Lee Shetterly, margot.lee@gmail.com (757) 254-6681

Hampton History Museum: Luci Cochran, lcochran@hampton.gov

Hampton University: Gladys Bell, gladys.bell@hamptonu.edu

 

On the recommendation of the Hampton Roads Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) arts and education organization founder, Robert Shetterly, has painted Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s portrait to be included in the AWTT’s traveling exhibit of American “Truth Tellers.” Dr. Woodson, born in New Canton, Virginia to former slaves, was the second African American to earn a PhD from Harvard University (the first being W.E.B. Dubois), founded what has become Black History Month and authored numerous scholarly books and articles on black history. 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of his founding of ASALH, as part of his pioneering effort to extend knowledge of the historical contributions of Africans and African Americans.

The portrait will be unveiled at a public event at the Hampton History Museum (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA. Tel: 757-727-1610) on September 17, 2015 at 7 pm. Participating in the event will be Audrey Williams, President of the Hampton Roads Branch of ASALH, Luci Cochran of the Hampton History Museum, Robert Watson, Assistant Professor of History and Assistant to the Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Hampton University, and Robert Shetterly, founder and artist of the Americans Who Tell the Truth organization. The Carter G. Woodson Players, a local student group led by Dr. Margaret Bristow, will also perform at the event. Jeffrey Harris, historian and historic preservationist, will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.

In addition to the portrait unveiling, Margot Lee Shetterly will present her nonprofit organization, The Human Computer Project, dedicated to documenting the achievements of women and minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Lee Shetterly’s work, made in the spirit of Carter G. Woodson, includes her forthcoming book, “Hidden Figures” (William Morrow, 2016), on the contributions of African American women mathematicians and engineers at NASA Langley.

Event sponsors include: Hampton History Museum; ASALH -- Hampton Roads Branch; Americans Who Tell the Truth; Hampton University, Harvey Library, Peabody Collection; and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Posters of the portrait will be available at the event.

 

AWTT, Americans Who Tell the Truth, is an award-winning art and education nonprofit based on Robert Shetterly’s portraits and accompanying narratives that highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, AWTT offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. AWTT’s portraits have been exhibited all across the United States in universities, churches, schools, community centers, museums, galleries, and government offices.

ASALH -- Hampton Roads Branch works locally to extend the legacy of the organization founded by Carter G. Woodson on September 9, 1915, the mission of which is to “promote, research, preserve,

interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.” For more information about ASALH, visit the website, www.asalh.org. At the unveiling event, Hampton Roads residents interested in African American history will be invited to become members of the organization.

The Human Computer Project tells the stories of NASA’s groundbreaking female mathematicians who contributed to America’s success in aeronautics and its victory in the space race. The website www.thehumancomputerproject.com was funded by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, http://virginiahumanities.org/.