Bessie Blount Griffin – Technology for Veterans

Bessie Blount Griffin is best remembered for her 1951 invention of an electronic device that helped amputees feed themselves. The device was meant to assist solders injured fighting in World War II (WWII) from 1939 to 1945. WWII involved the alignment of the major world powers into two opposing military alliances in a supremacy struggle. A …

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Miriam Elizabeth Benjamin – A Woman of Many Talents

Miriam Benjamin was an African American schoolteacher and inventor born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861. Her parents were Francis Benjamin (a Jewish man) and Eliza Benjamin (an African American woman); she was also the eldest of six siblings. Her siblings were, Eva S. Benjamin, Charlton D. “Lottie”, Walter W. Sampson, Lyde Wilson, and Edgar …

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Another Peaceful Black Activist Has Been Found Murdered. We MUST Keep Pushing Until We Find Out Who Killed Sadie Roberts-Joseph!

Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s sister Armstrong-Johnson told the Washington Post “She was a total advocate of peace, love and harmony, and she died just the opposite,” UPDATE: A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder – https://news.yahoo.com/man-arrested-murder-louisiana-african-american-museum-founder-194558285–abc-news-topstories.html Sadie Roberts-Joseph launched a local group to fight drugs and violence, she founded an African American history museum …

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Joseph Winters – Inventor, Writer, and Abolitionist

Joseph Winters was an inventor who advanced the fire escape ladder that would years later help save countless lives. He created foldable or collapsible ladders that enabled fire trucks to maneuver into corners in narrow alleys and streets. He received a patent for the initial ladder and got another for further improvements made years later. …

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Marjorie Stewart Joyner – Creator of Opportunities

Marjorie Joyner was an African American born in 1896. She hailed from Monterey, Virginia where her parents, George Stewart and Annie Stewart, lived before moving to Dayton, Ohio, soon afterward. However, her parents divorced later, and this resulted in the frequent interruption of her education. She married Robert S. Joyner (a podiatrist) in 1916. Schooling …

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Patricia Bath – A Lady of Firsts

Patricia E. Bath, ophthalmologist, laser and creative research scientist, and supporter of visual deficiency counteractive action, treatment, and cure. Her achievements incorporate the innovation of a new gadget and procedure for cataract surgery procedure known as Laserphaco, the formation of another discipline known as “community ophthalmology.” She was the first woman member of the Jules …

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Granville Tailer Woods – The Black Edison

Personal and Social Life Granville Woods, a prolific African American inventor, was born on April 23, 1856, in Columbia, Ohio. His parents, Tailer and Martha Woods, were free African Americans. His brother Lyates Woods also had various inventions. Granville Woods was well-spoken and articulate and preferred stylish black attire. Schooling He attended school in Columbus …

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Jan Ernst Matzeliger – Master of Shoes

Jan Ernst Matzeliger invented a shoe lasting machine that made footwear more affordable in the 19th century. Matzeliger’s lasting machine increased the speed of the mechanized shoe making process and created more employment opportunities especially for minorities. His father owned a machine shop. Under his father’s supervision, Jan perfected his skills. Quick Facts Name: Jan …

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