We Are The Black Makers!

A Celebration Of Black Folks Who Make Things


Be who you want to be. Follow your heart and don’t let anyone else tell you that you can’t chase your dreams. This blog is all about showcasing the awesome black folks who are Makers. As I travel around the USA, I am collecting stories of the kids and adults from the inner city to rural farms who are part of a long tradition of black Makers that represent a diversity of interests, talents, backgrounds, skills, geographic regions, hopes, dreams, desires, and goals. Share your story with me!

I’m Kipp Bradford. I teach engineering at Brown University. I’m also the founder and president of open-source hardware manufacturer kippkitts. I’m on the Technical Advisory Board of Make Magazine. My goal in life is to Make Makers. Why? That’s a great question. I believe that people who are Makers see the world’s problems as opportunities to create a new innovation. Makers are the engines of our economy and sources of inspiration for STEAM education. Am I succeeding? Well, that’s hard to tell. There is certainly a lot more work to be done. Progress is being made though, and the movement is gaining momentum in schools and businesses. So I will continue to Make Makers and showcase some of the incredible Makers that I’ve come across in my life!

2 comments on “About

  1. Stett Holbrook
    February 7, 2013

    Hi Kip,

    Stett here at MAKE. We’d like to run these great profiles from your blog on the MAKE blog. Are you cool with us running these profiles serially and linking to black-makers.com?


    Stett Holbrook

  2. Dave_RI
    February 13, 2013

    Kipp, Great work! How about the young kid from Sierra Leone named Kelvin Doe. I found his story to be very inspirational. He is such a good role model for any “young makers” out there.


    Keep up all your great work!


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