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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

20 Black Inventions Over The Last 100 Years You May Not Know

lewis-lattimoreLewis Latimer (1848 – 1928)

What He Invented: The Carbon Filament For The Light Bulb.

Why It’s Important: Latimer is one of the greatest inventors of all time. Thomas Edison may have invented the electric lightbulb, but Latimer helped make it a common feature in American households. In 1881 he received a patent for inventing a method of producing carbon filaments, which made the bulbs longer-lasting, more efficient and cheaper.

In 1876, he worked with Alexander Graham Bell to draft the drawings required for the patent of Bell’s telephone.

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otis-boykinOtis Boykin (1920 -1982)

What He Invented: The Artificial Heart Pacemaker Control Unit.

Why It’s Important: Although there were variations to the pacemaker before Boykin’s invention, the modern-day pacemaker would not exist without his work.

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  1. Sdot Chambers says:

    beautiful!!

  2. Mbee Jo Maka says:

    GREAT AFRICAN (AMERICAN)

  3. Maat Racquel says:

    Go Afrikan, Amerikans

  4. Maat Racquel says:

    or Amerikan, Africans

  5. America likes to act like all that happen to black people was slavery and Martin Luther King, some peanut butter invention, a stop light inventions, and that's it, noo…while in the states and out we accomplish a whole lot of things, 100+…we deserve more than a month, a whole year to be exact.

  6. The one that interest me the most is that of Charles Richard Drew, very funny that the whites refused to see beyond their noses then to acknowledge the inventor.

  7. What's comedy is peanut butter wasn't even invented by a black guy. Oh yeuh, we learn about the cotton gin in the part of history that we learn slavery.

  8. Yusuf Salaam says:

    Donate to end poverty and want in the black community. http://www.economicblueprint.org/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY9Yt0Pe5Nw

  9. Preston Muhammad says:

    Pictured no. 2 is not Granville Woods, it's George Washington Carver.

  10. Nakita Smith says:

    Great read!!

  11. Tracy Dornelly says:

    Thanks!!

  12. BLAACKS THAT STILL CONTINUE TO INVENT BUT NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF A BLACK COMMUNITY ?

  13. everyday is your day!!!

  14. José Justino Bronze says:

    Jason Wiggins
    Whatever. Next you're gonna say we weren't the ones that grew rice and all other exotic fruits and groceries. That those that didn't know them for not living in the climate were the ones that taught us…

    JayJBee
    "I'll stick to uncle Ben like peanut butter to my palate"

  15. José Justino Bronze says:

    There is a lot missing.
    Thanks to frame relaying invented by a Nigerian you can connect to the internet/ARPAnet too, and not only US military and universities… just to name one.

  16. Chuck Penn says:

    Yea, right! What happened to all the donations from the Million Man March? Name one thing it was used for that benefitted black folk outside the NOI.

  17. Roger McFeelings says:

    José Justino Bronze That Nigerian inventor sent me an email to invest in his company….I was really stupid and I didn't wire him any money :(((

  18. Theodore Priscilla says:

    Chuck Penn the money has never been touched according to the Minister. Check out his FB page and maybe we can all learn….

  19. Theodore Priscilla says:

    Thats not Carver

  20. Yusuf Salaam says:

    Chuck Penn Minister Farrakhan has a FB and a twitter why don't you ask him or visit a student Minister at a mosque and ask. I don't know what you're talking about so I can't answer. Minister Farrakhan is a very honest man that has done a lot for black people so has the nation of islam if you can't see that by now then that is on you because it is obvious. i know it is easy to give thousands of dollars a year to people that hate us and complain even when they don't want to take our money but when a black man offers a plan to end poverty and want in the black community for only 5cents a day or only $18.20 a year to go toward buying land from where production and jobs spring from I know it is hard for some of us. Some of us like to play the victim. I understand.

  21. See how your mind is so precious and a terrible thing to waste on foolish thoughts, backwards thinking and unproductive recreation…See how most of the important things were invented by us…and without us this country would not be as advanced as it is! See how little caucasoids actually did in the development of this country…But rest assure if you don't acknowledge your greatness they will take all the credit as they do when it comes to our ancient egiptain achievements…

  22. That is absurd. Like Morgan Freeman said. Why should black people be entitled to a month? Hispanics, Asians, Indians don't get a month. To get rid of ignorance we should accept that it's all of our history so for you to say you deserve a year is completely moronic. The more you isolate and separate by color, the longer racism will continue to exist.

  23. José Justino Bronze says:

    Johnny Romero
    HAHAHAHA
    You are the joke of the planet since this latest kind of human is present.
    So you really think racism end when you are in bed with George Zimmerman?
    BWHAHAHAHA

  24. Johnny Romero I said a whole year because white people get a whole year and plus to discuss their history, while everyone else (who's not white) get one month and can't even celebrate that in peace without someone saying something about it. And who says, Hispanics, Asians, and Native American, Indians don't have a month? Just because you don't celebrate it doesn't mean they don't have their month. National Hispanic Heritage month is Sep 15 to Oct 15, Asian Pacific Heritage month is in May and Native American month is November, which is a laugh because of the historical fact of how Native American were treated during that time, horribly. Anyway my point is, white people get a year while others only get a month and that's not fair.

  25. Johnny Romero Also if you want diversity or multiculturalism (pluralism) or whatever, then that would be up to the out-group, the majority, not the minority to be inclusive, since they hold the most powers. The only reason blacks and other minorities even have their own special month is because without them they would be pushed out of American history altogether. American history, right now, really only center on what was done to other ethnic group by whites. There is no consideration for who they were before them, what they accomplished or any real clear historically background and really history is exclusive anyway, since it wasn't for all of time that we were interacting with each other and mixing races.

  26. Love Queh They only hold the most powers because we let them. White supremacy is becoming a minority here. Two, that's still no justification because as a minority, hispanics have been slaves too so that argument is out the window, asians have been forced into slavery as well. It's the fact that people don't realize that black history altogether is american history. Why should you history be relegated to a month? as Jose, how you may want to rephrase your paragraph if you want anybody to understand what you are even saying.

  27. Love Queh Sorry for the insult by the way it just frustrates me.

  28. Johnny Romero "They only hold the most powers because we let them. White supremacy is becoming a minority here."
    No arguments here because I hope you're right.
    "Two, that's still no justification because as a minority, hispanics have been slaves too"
    Where was I arguing that other minorities were not slaves? I agree with you, there were many other minorities that were slaves. "Why should. your history be relegated to a month?"
    I think we're on the same point with this one. I don't want our history to relegated to one month, I want a whole year. Black History, Asian History, Native American History is American History and people should start teaching and informing our young as if it is instead of regulating who we are to one month, we all deserves a year. Our history isn't just tied to slavery and all the bad things that happen to us because of white people, we go back further than that and we deserve a whole year like whites.

  29. Love Queh I brought that up because you said, "The only reason blacks and other minorities even have their own special month is because without them they would be pushed out of American history altogether". I don't recall ever having a month dedicated to my race alone and personally I don't want one because thats aside the point. As for the year reference, it implied that you wanted it to be solely african history in which I responded with hostility of course but now I get that we're on the same page. But other than that, happy thanks giving!

  30. It's not about being treated "special" it's about being treated fairly and right and it's not fair for whites to have a whole year, while all other minorities get a month worth of recognition. Then you got to go on atlantablackstar or something to be more informed when they should be teaching you this ish in school. It's sad that I know more about white history than my own.

  31. Johnny Romero Happy Thanksgiving brother <3

  32. preach baby.

  33. Wilson Yee says:

    Zang? That dude is Chinese with a last name like that. Props to all these inventors, 99% of them you never heard of because the media doesn't want this side to shown.

  34. Darnell Rogers Sr says:

    good history

  35. Roderick T Curd says:

    Yeah We should teach it to our kids and they teach it to their kids ?

  36. Are you sure? Where did you get your information from?

  37. Gregg Dixon says:

    Johnny Romero, I just have to say this because this misconception is driving me crazy, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE "HISPANIC" RACE. The term "Hispanic" refers to an ethnicity and many Hispanics are white, black, indigenous, Asian, or most of the time a mixture of various ancestries. In countries such as Argentina and Uruguay for example, most of the Hispanics there are white. On the other hand, in countries such as the Dominican Republic and Cuba, the vast majority are of African descent. Most countries are a motley of different races, ancestries, and ethnic groups.

    The very much unspoken issue within the Hispanic community is the colorism that exist where Hispanics love to shout "We come in all colors" and yet you look at Spanish language media and all you see is one color, "white", unless they are in need of a cook, a drug dealer, a soccer player, a salsa dancer, a prostitute, or a thief. Then, that is when they do not mind showing Afro-Latinos and indigenous people.

    If we do as you stated Johnny, just "stop talking about race", then what we would have here in the USA is what occurs throughout Latin America. The vast majority of the poor in Latin American countries are either of African descent or indigenous and do you know why? You have nearly 600 years of institutionalized oppression and discrimination that was aimed at keeping them impoverished and uneducated as we had here in the USA. Do you know the difference? In the USA, blacks did what you are saying we need to stop doing, we "spoke about race" and we have made drastic improvement in a short period of time considering the centuries of oppression and yet we still have far to go.

  38. I don't even have to read this to know it is all propaganda lies. The negro , if as they say, wasn't even allowed at a university at this time. And if they were then you lied about how horrible that era was. It's sheer propaganda.

  39. Bullshite Jose Justino Bronze.. You are so full of shit your eyes are brown. The internet would have been just fine without the lie of some Nigerian .

  40. José Justino Bronze quit spreading lies.

  41. Charles Drew was a fool. Didn't do a thing the white man hadn't already done. Why is it that in Africa to this day the white man has to go into the bush and teach the people about animal husbandry , well digging, farming and sanitation? Your people are still living in mud and twig huts having cows piss on your childrens heads and smearing dung all over their bodies. Real intelligent and advanced cultures you have. hahahahah

  42. Using a soda can as a pot pipe isn't exactly invention.

  43. Lying false history. Propaganda to shore up the negro ego.

  44. Negro Americans. Either you are an American or an African, otherwise you divide your loyalties and become an enemy of America. My family came from Ireland I don't call myself an Irish American. I am AMERICAN.

  45. The negro taught himself to read, write and do math. Have you ever heard of the term, "self made man"? You didn't really need all the degrees and certifications back then like you do know. Actually you don't need them today. Any inventor just needs to get past the patent office. Now if you want to say you know these are lies because the white dude working in the patent office would have just turned the negro away and stole the idea for himself, then I'm with you there. But to say that negroes weren't allowed in universities is actually pretty stupid and narrow minded.

  46. D Oliver Martin says:

    Brian Conrad You are an Idiot, and of course a racist know-nothing, who came to North America to find food..yes! we too know history, and the fact that English were willing to starve you and your people,.You are white yet you are treated with disdain by them. I remember signs on factory gates, saying.."NO Negroes, Irish, or Catholics"..yes 1950's , but hey, you are now "equal"…so defend the establishments and its politics…

  47. Sibusiso Manzini says:

    Some of the listed inventions might be over 100 years old but an informative piece nonetheless.

  48. For many other inventions visit http://www.blackmiracles.com.

  49. Thomas Walton you start with a false premise , negroes didn't teach themselves to read write and do math. It was their white masters that taught them. See not all masters were evil and not all slaves wanted to leave their masters.. In fact many masters deeded large parcels of land to their slaves upon their deaths. So you are wrong from the start.

  50. My grandmother remembers signs " No Indians , no dogs and no Irish allowed." . Her father came here during the potato famine. Yes they were starved out, some to death. The difference is that my ancestors didn't ask for things to be given to them , they simply asked for the opportunity to work for them and EARN them. I don't support the present anti-white establishment. And it has been anti-white for decades now. I would say since WWll. Today it is open season on the white man. How bout that knock out game where no one is ever arrested much less prosecuted. It is simply a hate crime against the white man. Then there are the tens of thousands of assaults on white men by gangs of blacks? Murder and rape of white men and women. Nothing is ever done. And they are never called hate crimes . But you and I both know they are. I grew up in the projects , during the 60s and 70s race riots. I did my time , I earned the right to be righteously angered and to hate those who commit these atrocities. You have no idea what it is like to be a white child living during those anti-white riots. That is a story that is never told about the not-so-civil civil rights era.

  51. D Oliver Martin says:
  52. D Oliver Martin says:

    I just posted an article from the ATLANTABLACKSTAR … just read that and for a MOMENT, transport yourself to a time when these laws were put in place, and ask yourself, is this real??, and how did ANYBODY survived.. yes the Irish were denigrated and scorned, but NO one KILLED them or hunted them, an Irish man could pass VERY easily in ANY society without fear as long as he kept quiet,, BUT being BLACK was very obvious and deadly… just think…just think

  53. Oh how wrong you are.. Do some more research on the Irish and you will find they were slaves long before the black people. Look up Irish Slavery.. They were hunted and the slave masters were given a thing Jus Primae Noctis. Look it up. The Irish were hunted , tortured and murdered under what was called indentured servitude . Another name given to lessen the impact of the term slave. Slave comes from the Slavic word slav. They were slaves long before your ancestors. Being Irish was " Very obvious and deadly.". Fact. You seem to pick and choose with how slaves were treated here. You forget the millions of black slaves were given plots of land and wealth. The Irish had to EARN them. During the building of the railroad the Irish were given the most dangerous jobs because they were deemed less valuable than a negro slave. The slave was an investment the Irishman was a slave in its simplest form. Useful as long as they could walk. When they died , they were thrown off to the side of the tracks. No burial , no mourning nothing. They did the same job for what was ultimately far less then the slaves. Slaves were given a good roof , plenty food . The Irishman was perpetually in debt so they couldn't even buy food. The bosses charged them for room and clothing. SO, the Irish DO know about slavery in it's worst form.

  54. Brian is ignorant. The term African American is used in every application in America for us to categorize ourselves. Why? So they can do when black people apply y'all don't fuckin respond lmao.

  55. Talk about ignorant, inane and supercilious too boot. Don't mistake humor for intellectual discourse. You underestimate the white intelligence. We do consistently outscore negroes on any given intelligence test by at least five points.

  56. You don't measure intelligence by who can be more ignorant. Anything a white person takes credit good 9 time 10 a black person had something to do with it. Research black wall street, you guys burnt it down and made it yout own. I know you read white man so this shouldnt be new to you lmao.

  57. Be sure to visit http://www.blackmiracles.com.

  58. Lor Jamar Reeves says:

    false glory

  59. The term "African_American" is used to define non_white people here in the United States; except by the INS. Anyone born in the continent of Africa and gets 'Natralized' here in America is listed as "African American"; regardless of plment

    The term " African American " is on the Naturalization papers of anyone born in the continent of Africa and becomes a citizen; regardless of skin pigmentation. To be born in America makes one an unhyphenated American.

  60. Theodora Anagor says:

    Wow! Some people are really butt hard on here. The truth is really hurting them.

  61. Interesting that many of the claims were from blacks that were in America and thus hybrids of white/black mix. I would like to see a list of white inventions. I noticed they say a negro invented the motor engine in the 1930's! Really. So I guess the airplane did not use an engine of Ford was using wind power?

  62. lol

  63. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Brian Brian Brian. An inventor does not need a university. You are born with a mind and a gift. No one needs to teach that to you. Inventors are born not made. What could a university teach edison. NOTHING. What could a university teach einstein. NOTHING. If you have the brains university seeks you out to benefit from you. You won't gain anything from the university.

  64. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Brian Brian Brian. An inventor does not need a university. You are born with a mind and a gift. No one needs to teach that to you. Inventors are born not made. What could a university teach edison. NOTHING. What could a university teach einstein. NOTHING. If you have the brains university seeks you out to benefit from you. You won't gain anything from the university.

  65. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Brian Brian Brian. An inventor does not need a university. You are born with a mind and a gift. No one needs to teach that to you. Inventors are born not made. What could a university teach edison. NOTHING. What could a university teach einstein. NOTHING. If you have the brains university seeks you out to benefit from you. You won't gain anything from the university.

  66. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Brian Brian Brian. An inventor does not need a university. You are born with a mind and a gift. No one needs to teach that to you. Inventors are born not made. What could a university teach edison. NOTHING. What could a university teach einstein. NOTHING. If you have the brains university seeks you out to benefit from you. You won't gain anything from the university.

  67. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Brian Brian Brian. An inventor does not need a university. You are born with a mind and a gift. No one needs to teach that to you. Inventors are born not made. What could a university teach edison. NOTHING. What could a university teach einstein. NOTHING. If you have the brains university seeks you out to benefit from you. You won't gain anything from the university.

  68. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Brian Brian Brian. An inventor does not need a university. You are born with a mind and a gift. No one needs to teach that to you. Inventors are born not made. What could a university teach edison. NOTHING. What could a university teach einstein. NOTHING. If you have the brains university seeks you out to benefit from you. You won't gain anything from the university.

  69. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Your statement only makes sense because your small brain can't comprehend the magnitude of what the brain is really capable of doing in a brilliant individual. These people are brilliant because they were born that way. You can't teach that.

  70. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Your statement only makes sense because your small brain can't comprehend the magnitude of what the brain is really capable of doing in a brilliant individual. These people are brilliant because they were born that way. You can't teach that.

  71. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Your statement only makes sense because your small brain can't comprehend the magnitude of what the brain is really capable of doing in a brilliant individual. These people are brilliant because they were born that way. You can't teach that.

  72. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Your statement only makes sense because your small brain can't comprehend the magnitude of what the brain is really capable of doing in a brilliant individual. These people are brilliant because they were born that way. You can't teach that.

  73. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Your statement only makes sense because your small brain can't comprehend the magnitude of what the brain is really capable of doing in a brilliant individual. These people are brilliant because they were born that way. You can't teach that.

  74. Germaine Bolton says:

    Brian Conrad Your statement only makes sense because your small brain can't comprehend the magnitude of what the brain is really capable of doing in a brilliant individual. These people are brilliant because they were born that way. You can't teach that.

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