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Black History is also American History

Black history month is February, but amazingly still so many people know little or nothing about African-American achievements. I must admit, when I was growing up I just never investigated to find out what African-Americans had really contributed in the way of technology or inventions.

I was told of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and even Oprah Winfrey but my knowledge was limited. Frankly, as a child, I wasn’t interested in finding out more on my own, which would mean more work. Then I was invited to attend a school play where the focus was on what contributions African-Americans had made to the United States and the world.

I was amazed at what I found out.

First, I would like to say that black history is really American history just as much as any other historic events that happened for other races in America. As African-Americans we have contributed significantly to the growth of this nation and its culture. Here are just a few examples:

Garrett A. Morgan invented the first electrical traffic sign in 1923.

Alexander Miles received a patent for the first electric elevator in 1887.

John Standard patented important improvements to existing refrigerator designs in 1891.

T.W. Stewart invented the mop in 1893.

B.F. Jackson invented the clothes dryer in 1889.

Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur, was the first female self-made millionaire in the 20th century.

Otis Boykin designed a burglarproof cash register in 1920.

Benjamin Banneker created the first clock crafted in America in 1753.

W.B. Purvis invented the fountain pen in 1890.

George Washington Carver made over 300 inventions with the peanut. Some of those inventions were flour, washing powder, soap peanut oil, printers ink and cleanser.

The list is endless of the many contributions African Americans have added to the success of this country and the world. If you want to know more, go to your local library or online and check it out for yourself.

Don’t wait until February to find out about what African Americans have been doing all year long.

Thanks for sharing.

Cassandraism: Let’s try to remember that it takes a world of people from different backgrounds to make a world of difference.