Google.org, the charitable arm of search giant Google, has announced a $3 million grant to the NAACP in support of the organization's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program.
A yearlong achievement program that provides a platform for African-American high school students to engage in competitions and discover opportunities in STEM fields, the humanities, business, and the arts, ACT-SO has supported more than three hundred thousand students to date. As part of the grant, Google.org will help connect its users to ACT-SO volunteering opportunities.
In recognition of Black History Month, the company also announced a film tribute, The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers, that highlights the most searched moments, people, and movements led by African Americans, including the Montgomery bus boycott and figures such as Maya Angelou and Kendrick Lamar, the most searched Pulitzer Prize winner for his album DAMN.
"Growing up, I saw firsthand how the NAACP ACT-SO program inspired young black talent to believe in and showcase their brilliance," said Google.org director Justin Steele. "We know that 65 percent of students will work in careers that don’t even exist today, so programs like ACT-SO that are preparing, recognizing, and rewarding African-American students are important to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to be innovators and culture makers."