9 Black Child Prodigies Reveal How They Unlocked Their Genius Potential

Mabou Loiseau

By age 7, Mabou Loiseau, who is from a Haitian family, spoke eight different languages – English, French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese and Russian. By then she had also learned to play the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano.

Her mother, Esther Loiseau, says Mabou has 13 to 15 teachers. When Mabou was only a year and a half, Loiseau hired teachers to speak several different languages to her. Loiseau says Mabou studies six days a week and has Sundays off. But she says her daughter still likes to work on Sunday.

“I read somewhere that before the age of 5, a kid can learn up to 10 languages with no problem. So I said let me start right away,” Loiseau said.


Tony Hansberry Jr.

Tony Hansberry Jr. 

At 14 years old, Tony Hansberry Jr. developed a new suture method for hysterectomy patients. As a result of the work of the young genius, the time it takes doctors to perform hysterectomies and the potential risk of complications has been reduced.

At age 12, Hansberry’s parents exposed him to the field of medicine by sending him to the Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Fla.

His invention came about when they sent him to an internship at the University of Florida’s Center for Simulation Education the next summer, where he was able to participate in hands-on simulated medical work.

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