The Life of PI...Before Dinner

Pi Before Dinner is an growing, organic community and mathematics campaign created by Dr. Lou Matthews (InspireMath) on April 1, 2020. Pi Before Dinner: Talking Math with Dr. Lou, a weekly live conversation and podcast around community and mathematics, started as a support initiative for parents, teachers in Black communities faced with engaging mathematics at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. These conversations have spawned a facebook group Pi Before Dinner and a math resource webpage,


As the movement for racial justice grabbed global attention, the focus of #pibeforedinners has deliberately embraced

  1. Hosting leading, healing conversations around social and racial justice

  2. Holding critical conversations around mathematics and resources that help children, teachers and families shine and

  3. Creating spaces which amplify and illuminate the voices and images of Black children, families and community in the mathematics space.