Black History Month and Transportation Safety

Black History Month 2024: A Spotlight on Transportation Safety in the Black Community

​​​On Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 1:00 PM-2:45 PM (ET), the NTSB will host a webinar, "Black History Month 2024: A Spotlight on Transportation Safety in the Black Community.”

Black people have been key to transportation. From Garrett Morgan’s traffic signal and Meredith Gourdine’s catalytic converter to Andrew Jackson Beard’s horizontal Jenny couplers, to the “hidden figures” who worked as human computers at NASA, the contributions of the Black community are many. 

Transportation has affected the Black community as well, in both positive and negative ways. The gap in transportation services is broadly understood and indeed played a leading role in the civil rights movement. The gap in transportation safety between Black people and others also cannot be ignored.

Panelists will discuss the historical impact of Black people in the transportation safety community; the history of transportation in the United States and the historical roots of present-day disparities (especially safety disparities); the Black community and traffic safety; and the importance of engaging the Black community with transportation safety messages. 

 Panelists will include:

  • ​Leah Reish, Traffic Safety Data Analyst, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Veronica O. Davis, PE., Author and Transportation Nerd
  • Torine Creppy, President, Safe Kids Worldwide 
  • ​​Dr. Phil Hart, Aviation Historian

  • Nicholas Worrell, NTSB’s Chief of Safety Advocacy, will moderate.

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