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After Turning Down $125,000 From Uber, Black Girls Code Receives $225,000 Donation From General Motors

Black girls rock!

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Every year, tech companies release their diversity statistics.

Every year, the public discovers that these companies are overwhelmingly white and male.

If the organization Black Girls Code has its way, that will change very soon.

Black Girls Code, as the name suggests, teaches black girls how to code, and has done so since 2011. The organization hopes to have taught one million black girls to code by 2050.

This week, the organization announced that it will partner with General Motors to launch a branch in Detroit, TechCrunch reports.

The partnership includes a donation of $225,000 from the auto giant.

Black Girls Code founder, Kimberly Bryant, said that the organization isn't wasting any time getting started. Work will begin this fall to “lay a foundation to fully engage girls of color in Detroit," she said.

General Motors is one of just 32 Fortune 500 companies to have a woman as its CEO, Mary Barra.

In a statement, Barra expressed how pleased she is to partner with Bryant.

“It’s one of the reasons that it’s our mission to help build the next generation of STEM leaders, with an emphasis on expanding opportunities to women and other underrepresented groups,” Barra said.

General Motors isn't the first auto-related company to try to give Black Girls Code money.

Last month, Bryant turned down a $125,000 grant for Black Girls Code from Uber, feeling that the donation was a PR stunt to divert attention away from its diversity issues.

"It seems a bit tone-deaf to really addressing real change in how they are moving towards both inclusion and equity. It appears to be more PR driven than actually focused on real change. So we turned it down," Bryant said at the time.

Less than a week later, the Black Girls Code team announced that that through crowdfunding, they had raised more than $154,000 themselves.

In celebration of their newfound success and the launch of its program, Black Girls Code is hosting a meet-and-greet in Detroit.


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