In February, as Frederick, Maryland-based technology community engagement group techfrederick honored Black History Month and the contributions of African Americans throughout history, they also celebrated dynamic leaders in the community, including BRMi’s President and CEO, Mike Battle. In a brief interview, Mr. Battle touched on BRMi’s services, his motivations, and more.
On the people that have inspired him, he said: “One of the most inspirational individuals in my life was my father, Dr. Huey J. Battle. He was an inspiration for his intelligence, perseverance and drive. During a time in the 1940s and 50s, when the notion of African American’s getting the opportunity for higher education, my father, upon completing his military service, pursued and achieved the distinction of becoming the first person of color to receive an advanced degree in the history of the State of Oklahoma. He dealt with unbelievable challenges of lack of inclusion and prejudice to become a role model for so many. His legacy is built on his work to help so many see the art of the possible an achieve their dreams of academic success.”
In July of 2020, techfrederick formed a Task Force of passionate local technology leaders to address the barriers to access and advancement faced by underrepresented groups in Frederick’s local technology industry. The Task Force creates programs to engage underrepresented youth and connect Frederick technology organizations.