Google Provides $3M Grant In Honor Of Black History Month

Google began celebrating Black History month, which begins in February, a few days early with a post and video in honor of icons and moments that have been searched more than any others in the United States.

LeBron James, the most-searched athlete and basketball player in the U.S., also shaped history. In 2018, he founded the I Promise School, which serves Akron Ohio’s future history makers, according to Google.

“To the history marketers and those who inspire, search on,” according to Google’s clip.

The Black History Month clip features top-searched icons such as Beyonce’s Coachella show, the most-searched performance; Maya Angelou, the most-searched female poet; Serena Williams, the most-searched tennis player; and Whitney Houston, most-searched for the rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner during Super Bowl XXV.

From the most-searched speech to the most-searched NASA mathematician, these individuals and moments not only have defined American history but also continue to inspire the nation.

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Google Trends Data offers looks at current searches to help explain what has endured, what has captivated the attention of people, and the influence on history.

Google used U.S.-based Trends Data to identify Black American achievements that were searched more than any others between Jan. 1, 2004 -- when U.S. Google Search Data first became available – and July 1, 2019. The most-searched talk show host means Oprah Winfrey was searched more than all other talk show hosts during this 15-year span.

Google also is celebrating the next generation of history makers.

Google.org will provide a $3 million grant and enable volunteering support to help scale the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) during the next three years.

In 2018, the company committed $25 million to help Black and Latino students develop the technical skills and confidence they need to succeed in careers and in life.

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