Meet the black inventors who lived their dreams--from the
early years to modern times
Andrew Jackson Beard
George E. Carruthers, Ph.D.
George Washington Carver
Michael Croslin, Ph.D.
David Nelson Crosthwait Jr.
Charles Richard Drew, M.D.
Meredith Gourdine, Ph.D.
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Frederick McKinley Jones
Percy Lavon Julian, Ph.D.
Ernest Everett Just, Ph.D.
Lewis Howard Latimer
Jan Earnst Matzeliger
John P. Moon
Garrett Augustus Morgan
Earl D. Shaw, Ph.D.
Madame C. J. Walker
Daniel Hale Williams, M.D.
Granville T. Woods
Jane Cooke Wright, M.D.
For more than three centuries, African American inventors have
been coming up with ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to
really know American history without also learning about the
contributions of black discoverers. This collection brings their
stories to life.
In every era, black inventors have made people''s lives safer,
more comfortable, more convenient, and more profitable. This
inspiring, comprehensive collection shines history''s spotlight on
these courageous inventors and discoverers. One by one, they
persevered, despite prejudice and obstacles to education and
training. These stories show you how:
- Benjamin Montgomery, born a slave, invented a
propeller that improved steamboat navigation.
- Jan Earnst Matzeliger, the son of a Dutch
engineer, invented a machine that revolutionized the shoe
- Madame C. J. Walker, born two years after the
Civil War emancipated her parents, invented a product that helped
make her a millionaire.
- Dr. George E. Carruthers, an astrophysicist,
invented the lunar surface ultraviolet camera/spectrograph for
- Dr. Jane Cooke Wright, a third-generation
physician and pioneer in the field of cancer research discovered a
method for testing which drugs to use to fight specific cancers.
Dr. Wright became the first woman elected president of the New York
Cancer Society and the first African American woman to serve as
dean of a medical college.
This outstanding collection brings to light these and dozens of
other exciting and surprising tales of inventors and discoverers
who lived their dreams.