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The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc.

Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. is a national non-profit organization of individuals and groups concerned with the mathematics education of ALL children – specifically Black children.


About Us

Since our founding in 1986, our organization has been dedicated to mathematics education advocacy, establishing a presence for leadership, and professional development to support teachers in leveling the playing field for mathematics learning of the highest quality for Black students.


Our Vision

All children – particularly Black children – have access to the highest quality mathematics education that empowers them to gain the self-confidence, enthusiasm, and endurance 

Teacher Writing a Formula on a Blackboard
Hands Raised

Our Mission

At Banneker, our members are dedicated to empowering Black children by actively pursuing effective solutions to the challenges hindering their access to equal opportunities in mathematics education and achievement.

Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. 2023 Annual Awards Celebration
Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. 2023 Annual Awards Celebration
Oct 27, 2023, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Marriott Marquis Washington DC,
901 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW - Catholic University Room

Our History

The Benjamin Banneker Association (BBA) was founded by seven insightful, concerned, and courageous African-American mathematics educators. Benjamin Dudley, Edgar Edwards, Jr., William Greer, Harriett Haynes, Marie Jernigan, Genevieve Knight, and Dorothy Strong decided that there was a significant need for a forum to discuss the success and problems of the learning and teaching of mathematics concerning Black children. learning and teaching of mathematics concerning Black children. The initial activities were in an Interaction Laboratory and a Breakfast in conjunction with NCTM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in 1986. 


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