This week the Amsterdam News Educational Foundation honored women rising in the field of science as the paper celebrated its 108th anniversary.
At this year’s event, there were three key guests who were honored for their work and role in the STEM world. Lucy Hawking, journalist, author and philanthropist, received the first award of the afternoon for her amazing children books featuring scientific tasks. Following Hawking was Valeisha Butterfield Jones, head of Black Community Engagement at Google, who is in charge of recruiting young Black scholars for STEM programs. Lastly was Margot Shetterly, the author of “Hidden Figures.” Shetterly is responsible for the world acknowledgment of three Black women who were mathematicians who sent the first set of American Astronauts into space. Acknowledging the achievements of the paper were a number of notables, such as Mayor David Dinkins, D.A. Cyrus Vance, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Dr. Marcella Maxwell and NAACP’s Hazel Duke. Also present were Public Advocate Letitia James, former Assemblyman Keith Wright, co-host Errol Louis, Amsterdam News Publisher Elinor Tatum and past and current Amsterdam News interns, who all lunched at the prestigious Plaza Hotel in Manhattan