Mission Control: BernardHarris

"Being smart for a lot of kids is a cultural issue right now. We say, if you're a geek that's great, cause guess what? The owner of Microsoft was a geek and look where he is. I was a geek and look where I am."
-Dr. Bernard A. Harris

Maybe you've heard of today's Twitter superstar. If you have, then you already know Dr. Bernard Harris is a physician and former NASA astronaut. Maybe you recall that he became the first African-American to perform a spacewalk back in 1995. But his current, down-to-earth pursuits using social media are the ones that have landing this rocket-man on Black Twitterati today.

Dr. Harris' non-profit organization, The Harris Foundation, invests in educational initiatives for disadvantaged children and runs the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, a free program designed to help middle school students build strong skills in science and mathematics. At the same time, Dr. Harris uses social media to reach out to students and educators, with regular entries on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This Spring, he's traveling the country and blogging on his Dream Tour to motivate students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BernardHarris
Blog: http://bernardharris.typepad.com/dr_bernard_a_harris_jr/
Web Sites: http://www.dykbh.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.dj/bernardharris
School Named In His Honor: Dr. Bernard A. Harris Middle High School

Dr. Harris in Microsoft's "I'm a PC" commericial


Christie & Lorraine said...

Great feature! Love that he's social media savvy. We'll definitely have to check him out.

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