Mission: Fermilab’s African American Black Association (AABA) aims to inspire, educate, and empower the African American and Black community at Fermilab by creating a safe and inclusive space for the exchange of ideas and community building.
Vision: To fully leverage our unique perspectives and talents to advocate for, and provide awareness to, Fermilab to ensure equity and inclusion for all across the lab community.
This year, Fermilab will observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday on June 19, 2024. Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021, marking the 1865 emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. More information on the holiday and related events are available here.
The African American/Black Association LRG meets on the second Monday of every month, all members are invited to attend!
The AABA LRG Lunch and Learn Fireside Chat Series is a one-on-one conversation with a member of the Fermilab community:
- Wednesday, February 7, 12 – 1 p.m.: Maurice Ball
- Wednesday, February 14, 12 – 1 p.m.: Artasia Riley, Martin Bentivengo
Black History Month: Oral History Workshop
February 13; 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Hybrid – Zoom/Hornets Nest (WH8X)
Speaker: Valerie Higgins
Fermilab archivist Valerie Higgins will highlight the powerful impact of preserving history through storytelling. The workshop will share impactful techniques for conducting interviews to preserve your own family history.
Black History Month: The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP)
February 28; 1 – 2 p.m.; Virtual
Speaker: Jeff Woodard
The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The McLean County Museum of History will introduce Dr. Mildred Platt’s contributions to the project and virtually share its collection of photographs, portraits, booklets, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community.
African School of Fundamental Physics
The African School of Fundamental Physics and Application (ASP) is a biennial physics school aimed at improving the quality of higher education in Africa. The three-week term school is hosted every two years by a different African country and supports students from all over Africa.
Historic success of the program is largely due to international lecturers and participants who volunteer their time to give talks and teach courses. Fermilab science and technology professionals are encouraged to get involved.
More information and a sign-up form is available here.
News & Resources
- DuPage County NAACP
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
- National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC)
Fermipoint: AABA Documents and Materials (login required)
Contact Anahi Ruiz Beltran for more information; Executive Sponsor: Alexander A. Valishev