Miriam E. Benjamin was a school teacher and the second Black woman to receive a patent in America. She is credited as the inventor of the “Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels!” (more…)
Category: Black History Month
Bobby Seale is an American political activist best known for co-founding the Black Panther Party. His work primarily focused on protecting the rights of individuals specifically the accused to ensure the right to a fair trial and due process as well as individual rights such as: freedom of thought/conscience, speech/expression, religion, press, movement and association.
Dr. Patricia Bath is a laser scientist and inventor who discovered laserphaco probe, a new device and technique used to remove cataracts. She is also the first woman to chair an ophthalmology residency program in the United States and first to be appointed to the faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine Jules Stein Eye Institute. (more…)
Ever wondered who came up with the idea to dry-clean? That would be a man by the name of Thomas Jennings, the first African-American to receive a U.S. patent for the dry-cleaning process. (more…)
Do you like potato chips? If so, you can thank George Crum for the delicious snack! (more…)
Madam C. J. Walker is probably most commonly known as the first black woman millionaire in America. She amassed a fortune selling hair products to black women, but did you know she actually invented the hair comb? (more…)
Insightful interview on Rastafarian culture by Donisha Prendergast , granddaughter of the legendary Bob Marley.
Nigerian born Dr. Philip Emeagwali (61), is credited with inventing the world’s fastest computer. Often called the Bill Gates of Africa, like many African schoolchildren dropped out of school at age 14 because his father could no longer afford his school fees. At home, he continued his learning and with discipline was able to establish a routine solving 100 math problems an hour. (more…)
Oprah talks with Robin Roberts of GMA about the making of the Selma movie and why it’s relevant today. Great interview! (more…)
Did you know this month-long observation began in 1926 as Negro History week under the suggestion of historian Carter G. Woodson. It was later expanded in 1976 to become Black History Month as we know and celebrate today. (more…)