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The representation of Blackness in Astronomy

The Black In Astro Community formed through a need for support and community among predominantly early-career Black people working in astronomy. In just two years, Black In Astro has grown to have members across the globe. Its founder and organizers explain how it came about.

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Fig. 1: Black In Astro.
Fig. 2: Non-HBCU versus HBCU STEM PhDs 1958–2019.

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Correspondence to Ashley Walker.

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Woods, P., Walker, A. The representation of Blackness in Astronomy. Nat Astron 6, 622–624 (2022).

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