20 Notable Black Americans in Telecom and Technology

Recognizing that American history is Black history, WIA is highlighting notable Black Americans who contributed to the telecommunications and technology sectors. While some of these notable people were at the forefront of the industry like Jesse Russell, whose innovations fundamentally changed the wireless industry, others are making vibrant contributions today, like Mignon Clyburn, who was committed to closing the digital divide as an FCC commissioner and chair.

Special thanks to WIA’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) expert Dr. Ronald Johnson, Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist, Diversity and Inclusion, who compiled this list.

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