Happy Black History Month my fellow Nerdettes!
I was just sitting here at the office wondering who would have been considered a “black nerd” in the 1940s or 1950s… would Zora Neale Hurston been considered a nerd? How about Langston Hughes?
Exactly what is nerdiness in our Black America?
What do we as Black Americans think of nerds? Do we look at nerds as being knowledgeable? How about corny? Perhaps a person, male or female who is socially inept, culturally unaware or just a person who’s so into one particular subject that it looks as if they’re obsessed with the subject matter.
I guess my question to you is, who would you consider a black nerd from the past; and as a Black American, what is your definition of a nerd?
~ Tam Solomon, Contributing Writer ~