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“That’s a crime,” said DeLoatch, a past resident of the American Society of Engineering Education. DeLoatch was the first African-American to lead ASEE in the organization’s 109-year history.

“This is what we do: we develop talent,” he said. “This is exciting stuff.”

He said Black boys and men can help lead the world in developing groundbreaking technology if given the instruction, consideration, and academic opportunities.

Dr. Dontae Ryan, President and Chief Technical Officer of DLR Technology, said the goal of the Minority Male Makers Program is to empower students by offering them lifelong technology and entrepreneurial skills.

“They need role models. Programs like this are very important,” Ryan said. “It lets students know what is possible; they can become engineers and mathematicians.”

For Rose Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation, which allocated $400,000 for the program, the merger between Verizon and Morgan State University will provide long-term professional opportunities.

“What we found is that nobody is paying attention to little Black boys and to little Hispanic boys,” she said, “and they deserve the same opportunities that so many other kids have.”

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