of Black History Month keynote lecture delivered by Philip Emeagwali.
Part 1 was delivered at Arizona State University West, Phoenix,
on February 17, 2003.
Twelve years ago,
a magazine hired a white man to prepare an illustration of a
supercomputer wizard riding an ox. I was supposed to be the
supercomputer wizard. But the white illustrator, who knew that
I am black, portrayed me as a white person in his published
that the white illustrator was searching for himself in me.
The first draft of a portrait that depicted Emeagwali
as a supercomputer wizard driving a carriage powered by thousands
of chickens (a metaphor for his 65,000 weak processors that performed
the world's fastest computation). The "Negro Emeagwali"
(shown in this illustration) was rejected and replaced with a
"Caucasian Emeagwali" (shown below).
A "whitened" Caucasian portrait of Emeagwali
was acceptable and widely published. One illustrator argued that
Emeagwali has a trace of Caucasian blood and said that he could
see the "Caucasian look" in his face.
Article : Emeagwali.com (click here)