February is Black History Month
This month-long acknowledgment of African-American history grew from one week to a national celebration. It is not just for those of African-American descent, but for all Americans. Like all other ethnic backgrounds, African-Americans have had a great influence on the foundation and progress of this nation. We honor them, remember their struggles, and appreciate their work.
We would again like to share some of the things we can hardly live our daily lives without. These inventions were brought to us by African-American inventors and innovators. Just think of where we'd be without them!
Alexander Mills - Elevator
Richard Spikes - Automobile gear shift
Garrett Morgan - Traffic signals
Albert R. Robinson - Electric trolley
John Love - Pencil sharpener
L.C. Bailey - Folding bed
Marie Brown - Video surveillance home security system
Sarah Boone - Ironing board
Otis Boykin - Pacemaker
George W. Carver - Paints & satins, peanut butter, lotion, and soaps
Lee Barrage - Typewriter
John Standard - Refrigerator
Dr. Patricia Bath - Laser-based device for cataracts surgery
Benjamin Banneker - Clock
Let's not only celebrate the importance of African-American achievement, but do our best to carry it on.
Black History = American History