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Built Celebrates Black History Month 2024

In honor of Black History Month, Built reflects on the top stories featuring Black construction professionals from the past several years

In honor of Black History Month, here are the top Built stories celebrating construction professionals from the Black community:

Meet the Superintendent Working to Make a Difference in Construction: Yelana Moton became fascinated with the industry at a young age—now she’s proud to work to help build structures that change people’s lives for the better.

From Navy Flight Deck to the Tennessee Hills, Meet Bluebeam’s Charles Todd: The US Navy veteran has brought a wealth of military skills and experiences to his now ‘peaceful’ life helping advance construction through technology.

McKissack & McKissack’s Cheryl McKissack Daniel: Know When to Say No: The fifth-generation construction executive shares her keys to success, including when to turn down work.

Deryl McKissack’s Remarkable, Decades-Long Engineering, Architectural Journey: The esteemed engineer has many notable projects to her firm’s name, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Meet Lashanna Lintamo, Welder-Turned-Social-Media Mogul: The welder is using social media to inspire future generations to enter the trade—and to promote her larger ambitions that aim to help the Black community across industries.

This Professor Wants to Use Architecture to Reshape Society: Erica Cochran Hameen, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, sees the potential of her field beyond the built environment.

The Plumber Flushing Away Stereotypes to Motivate Women in Construction: Judaline Cassidy has been laughed at for being a female plumber, but that hasn’t stopped her from ascending to the top of her craft and being a trailblazer for other women entering the trade.

The Women Working to Improve Black Representation in Construction: The National Association of Black Women in Construction aims to promote mentorship and community to grow the ranks of Black women in the industry.