Mareena Robinson Snowden Is The First Black Woman To Earn A PhD From MIT

Mareena Robinson Snowden’s graduation photo is going viral months after she posted it up — and it’s because she made history.

Social media is praising the young woman for earning her PhD from MIT and being the first Black woman to ever do it. Mareena made her IG followers aware of her historical achievement back in June with the following message.

First black woman to earn a PhD from MIT in Nuclear Engineering **insert praise break here*

No one can tell me God isn’t. Grateful is the best word I have to describe how I feel. Grateful for every part of this experience – highs and lows. Every person who supported me and those who didn’t. Grateful for a praying family, a husband who took on this challenge as his own, sisters who reminded me at every stage how powerful I am, friends who inspired me to fight harder. Grateful for the professors who fought for and against me. Every experience on this journey was necessary, and I’m better for it.

When they ask where the skilled black female technical minds are, know there are many – @joymariejohnson, @_sai_89, @rhondalenai, @being_niaja, @jtiaphd, @siangoan, April Gillens, @beyoncizzle, Tiera Fletcher, Ciara Sivels, Grey Batie, @tashaleeb, @special_kay868, Staci Brown, Njema Fraizer, @jedidahislerphd, Delonia Wiggins, Jami Valentine Miller and many more – who show up proudly in the fullness of their black womanhood and fight each day for our place in these fields.

I’m grateful to be in this number, and happy to have proved the principle in my own department.

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