As an African-American woman, and Executive Director of a national nonprofit that serves maker organizations, I am keenly aware of a fact that likely doesn’t surprise many – the mainstream maker movement and our Nation of Makers doesn’t have a whole lot of people of color represented in it. Simply put, as I attend maker events, visit makerspaces and organizations, and read about the mainstream maker movement, what is strikingly absent are the voices of people that look like me and share my identity. While this is my observation; the available data supports this perspective.
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