As we all know, February is Black History Month. It’s a month where we honor those who have made an impact on American culture for equal rights, those who have invented, those who have a helped others and those who have inspired everyone to be the best they can be, not only as a person of color but as a human. Last year for Black History Month, I started an online series called 28 Days Diversity where I would feature someone new everyday during the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. Even though it’s black history month, the goal for 28 Days of Diversity is to feature not just African-Americans but other minorities in the web/tech space. Also note that 28 Days of Diversity is not a popularity contest or an influencer list but a list of thought leaders in the social web sector, including entrepreneurs, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order who I have either met in person or followed online. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph.
For 2011 I wanted to not just feature individuals but also address a topic that affects everyone. For 28 Days of Diversity 2011 each post/person will answer the question “How can we use technology to close the digital divide?” So for the next 28 days, come back to visit SocialWayne.com/tag/28daysofdiversity and 28daysofdiversity.com to see who’s on the list. For day 20, I would like to introduce to some and present to others:
Mamalaw Media Group
MamaLaw Media Group (MMG) is the parent company of the Blogalicious Weekend Conferences, The b-Link Marketing Network, My Blogalicious.com and Mamalaw, the blog. MMG’s mission is to raise the profile of women of color online, all while networking, building relationships, and promoting inspiration and success for the multicultural blogging community. MMG was founded by Nadia Jones, Nyasha Smith, and Stacey Ferguson, otherwise known as Justice Jonesie, Justice Ny, and Justice Fergie.
How can we use technology to close the digital divide?
We can use accessible technology, such as mobile devices, to expose our community to the possibilities of the Internet and other high-tech services. In addition, we can push for the integration of technology based learning tools in our schools.
Through our yearly Blogalicious Weekend conferences, as well as our series of monthly webinars called “Blogalicious Bytes: Lessons in Social Media,” we aim to educate, inform and inspire our community about the wealth of resources that social media presents and how the multicultural community can benefit.
You can follow the status of 28 Days of Diversity 2011 on http://28daysofdiversity.com, http://socialwayne.com/category/28-days-of-diversity/ and syndicated on BlackWeb 2.0.