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Black Inventors and Inventions
Invention Inventor Invention Inventor
Biscuit Cutter A.P. Ashbourne Super Soaker Lonnie Johnson
Folding Bed L.C. Bailey Bicycle Frame Issac R. Johnson
Coin Changer James A. Bauer Space Shuttle Retrieval Arm Wm. Harwell
Rotary Engine Andrew J. Beard Printing Press W.A. Lavallette
Car Couple Andrew J. Beard Envelope Seal F.W. Leslie
Letter Box G.E. Becket Laser Fuels Lester Lee
Stainless Steel Pads Alfred Benjamin Pressure Cooker Maurice W. Lee
Torpedo Discharger H. Bradberry Window Cleaner A.L. Lewis
Disposable Syringe Phil Brooks Pencil Sharpener John L. Love
Home Security System Marie Brown Fire Extinguisher Tom J. Marshal
Corn Planter Henry Blair Lock W.A. Martin
Cotton Planter Henry Blair Shoe Lasting Machine Jan Matzeliger
Ironing Board Sarah Boone Lubricators Elijah McCoy
Horse Bridle Bit L.F.Brown Rocket Catapult Hugh MacDonald
Horse shoe Oscar E. Brown Elevator Alexander Miles
Pacemaker Otis Boykin Gas Mask Garrett Morgan
Guide Missile Otis Boykin Traffic Signal Garrett Morgan
Lawn Mower John A. Burr Hair Brush Lyda Newman
Typewriter Burridge & Marshman Heating Furnace Alice H. Paker
Train Alarm R.A. Butler Airship J.F.Pickering
Radiation Detector Geo. Carruthers Folding Chair Purdgy/Sadgwar
Peanut Butter George W. Carver Hand Stamp W.B. Purvis
Paints & Satins George W. Carver Fountain Pen W.B. Purvis
Lotion & Soaps George W. Carver Dust Pan L.P.Ray
Automatic Fishing Reel George Cook Insect Destroyer Gun A.C. Richardson
Ice cream Mold A.L. Cralle Baby Buggy W.H. Richardson
Blood Plasma Dr. Charles Drew Sugar Refinement N. Rillieux
Horse Riding Saddle Wm. D. Davis Clothes Dryer G.T. Sampson
Shoe W.A. Detiz Celluar Phone Henry Sampson
Player Piano Joseph Dickinson Pressing Comb Walter Sammons
Arm for Recording Player Joseph Dickinson Curtain Rod S.R. Scottron
Doorstop O. Dorsey Lawn Sprinkler J.W. Smith
Doorknob O. Dorsey Automatic Gearshift R.B. Spikes
Photo Print Wash Clatonia J. Dorticus Urinalysis Machine Dewey Sanderson
Photo Embossing Machine Clatonia J. Dorticus Hydraulic Shock Absorber Ralph Sanderson
Postal Letter Box P.B. Dowing Refrigerator J. Standard
Toilet T. Elkins Mop T.W. Stewart
Furniture Caster David A. Fisher Stairclimbing Wheelchair Rufus J. Weaver
Guitar Robert Flemming ,Jr Helicopter Paul E. Williams
Golf Tee George F. Grant Fire Escape Ladder J.B. Winters
Motor J. Gregory Telephone Transmitter Granville T. Woods
Lantern Micheal Harney Electric Cutoff Switch Granville T. Woods
Thermo Hair Curlers Soloman Harper Relay Instrument Granville T. Woods
Gas Burner B.F. Jackson Telephone System Granville T. Woods
Kitchen Table H.A. Jackson Galvanic Battery Granville T. Woods
Video Commander Joseph N. Jackson Electric Raillway System Granville T. Woods
Remote Controllers Joseph N. Jackson Roller Coaster Granville T. Woods
Sani-Phone Jerry Johnson Auto Air Brake Granville T. Woods

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A World Without Black People

This is a story of a little boy name Theo, who woke up one morning and asked his mother, "Mom, what if there were no Black people in the world?" Well, his mother thought about that for a moment, and then said, "Son, follow me around today and let's just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world." Mom said, "Now go get dressed, and we will get started."

Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. His mother took one look at him and said, "Theo, where are your shoes? And those clothes are all wrinkled, son. I must iron them." However, when she reached for the ironing board, it was no longer there.

You see Sarah Boone, a black woman, invented the ironing board, and Jan E. Matzelinger, a black man, invented the shoe lasting machine.

"Oh well," she said, "please go and do something to your hair." Theo ran in his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there. You see, Walter Sammons, a black man, invented the comb.

Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see Lydia O. Newman, a black female, invented the brush.

Well, this was a sight: no shoes, wrinkled clothes, hair a mess. Even Mom's hair, without the hair care inventions of Madam C. Walker, well, you get the picture.

Mom told Theo, "Let's do our chores around the house and then take a trip to the grocery store." Theo's job was to sweep the floor. He swept and swept and swept. When he reached for the dustpan, it was not there. You see, Lloyd P. Ray, a black man, invented the dustpan.

So he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W. Stewart, a black man, invented the mop. Theo yelled to his Mom, "Mom, I'm not having any luck."

"Well, son," she said, "Let me finish washing these clothes, and we will prepare a list for the grocery store." When the wash finished, she went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was not there. You see, George T. Samon, a black man, invented the clothes dryer.

Mom asked Theo to go get a pencil and some paper to prepare their list for the market. So, Theo ran for the paper and pencil but noticed the pencil lead was broken. Well, he was out of luck because John Love, a black man, invented the pencil sharpener.

Mom reached for a pen, but it was not there because William Purvis, a black man, invented the fountain pen.

As a matter of fact, Lee Burridge invented the typewriting machine and W. A. Lovette the advanced printing press. Theo and his mother decided just to head out to the market.

Well, when Theo opened the door, he noticed the grass was as high as he was tall. You see, John Burr, a black man, invented the lawn mower. They made their way over to the car and found that it just wouldn't go. You see, Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, and Joseph Gammel invented the supercharge system for internal combustion engines. They also noticed that the few cars that were moving were running into each other and having wrecks because there were no traffic signals. You see, Garrett A. Morgan, a black man invented the traffic light.

Well, it was getting late, so they walked to the market, got their groceries, and returned home. Just when they were about to put away the milk, eggs, and butter, they noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see John Standard, a black man, invented the refrigerator. So, they just left the food on the counter.

By this time, Theo noticed he was getting mighty cold. Mom went to turn up the heat, and what do you know? Alice Parker, a black female, invented the heating furnace. Even in the summertime, they would have been out of luck because Frederick Jones, a black man, invented the air conditioner.

It was almost time for Theo's father to arrive home. He usually takes the bus, but there was no bus, because its precursor was the electric trolley, invented by another black man, Elbert R. Robinson.

He usually takes the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but there was no elevator because Alexander Miles, a black man, invented the elevator.

He also usually dropped off the office mail at a near by mailbox, but it was no longer there because Philip Downing, a black man, invented the letter drop mailbox, and William Barry invented the postmarking and canceling machine.

Theo and his mother sat at the kitchen table with their heads in their hands. When the father arrived, he asked, "Why are you sitting in the dark?" Why? Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a black man, invented the filament within the light bulb.

Theo quickly learned more about what it would be like if there were no black people in the world, especially if he were ever sick and needed blood. Dr. Charles Drew, a black scientist, found a way to preserve and store blood, which led to his starting the world's first blood bank.

Well, what if a family member had to have heart surgery? This would not have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a black doctor, who performed the first open-heart surgery.

So, if you ever wonder, like Theo, where would we be without black people? Well, it's pretty plain to see. We would still be in the DARK!

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