The Silicon Valley Black Project Produced:
A PLACE AT THE TABLE
THE STORY OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PIONEERS OF SILICON VALLEY
The story of the African American Pioneers of Silicon Valley
The silicon valley black project's first film provides a platform for African Americans to study our history using a digital resources, websites, film and pictures. This first effort documents how corporate leaders and Historically Black Educational Universities (HBCU) worked hand in hand to prepare the newcomers for the developing technology. All at a time when there were no patents, intellectual property rights or copy write laws to protect their work.
Dr. Mark Dean Phd, designed the original IBM PC.
Michael Beasley, chairman of rocket software and former IBM executive, believes that education gives you an advantage.
Two years in the making “A Place at the Table” is a documentary that fills in the blanks where African Americans were forgotten or hidden from view.
The story of the African American contribution to Silicon Valley should be shared with the young and old that are seeking careers in high tech. We have a rich history that must be shared. When you are confident that your people were part of the creation of an era you are most likely see your future as being much brighter and promising.
The silicon Valley Black Project is preparing to produce additional documentaries and shorts that will further explore the contributions of African Americans in silicon valley. A podcast is also available online, itunes “cottontales” for ongoing updates and conversations with current technologist.
Help me create our digital history with a contribution to the continued research and filming by the silicon valley black project.
“Who stands on their shoulders?
your contribution can help answer that question.
September premiere San Jose City College
At the Premiere of "A Place at the Table" at San Jose City College, sitting in the center is Roy L. Clay founder of the first computer division of Hewlett Packard. Before there was a desktop computer or a laptop there was Roy L. Clay. Roy was the first hire for Hewlett and Packard; they created a job for him and he created their first computer division.
From left to right, Michael Beasley, John Hill, Bev Walker, Mattie Hill, Vanessa Williams, Janie Jensen, Rodney Clay, Kathy Cotton, Al Cotton, Rick Isom and Pam Isom.