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  • 0 Garrett Morgan Genius

    Garrett Morgan invented the gas mask in 1912, (U.S. patent 1,113,675 issued in 1914). His mask was used during World War I to protect soldiers from chlorine gas fumes. Morgan lived in Cleveland, Ohio when he was granted U.S. patent # 1,475,024 on November 20, 1923 for the three-way traffic signal. He patented a three-armed signal mounted on a T-shaped pole that indicated "stop" and "go" for traffic in two directions. Morgan also had another signal for stopping traffic in all directions before the stop and go signals changed. This is similar to today's yellow light. General Electric bought Morgan's patent for $40,000, and his traffic management device was used throughout North America until it was replaced by the red, yellow and green-light traffic signals currently used around the world. Discover more about other African American inventors.

  • 0 Black History Salute Video

    In early 2009, we received a request from a website user in California for a video about black history that he could present at a Black History Month event. We didn't have one, so I created, produced and narrated a 13 minute project that we eventually offered to everyone as a DVD. Here is 2009's Black History Salute Video

  • 0 Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

    In January, 2010, the 40th anniversary edition of Shirley Chisholm's autobiography, Unbought and Unbossed was published. Here's more about Shirley Chisholm. In Unbought and Unbossed Shirley chronicles how she became America's first African American Congresswoman rising from humble beginnings to the national U.S. stage.  

  • 0 A History of Gospel Music

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    • by Hugh Smith
    • 07/31/2013

        Mahalia Jackson pictured here, (1911-1972), was one of the great gospel singers. Thomas A. Dorsey is recognized as "the father of gospel music." Read a snapshot about A History of Gospel Music by Robert Darden and/or listen to Robert talk to Michelle Norris about why this chapter of black history is not well documented. 

  • 0 10 African American Authors Everyone Should Read

    You might debate who should or who should not be on this list. I agree with 9 out of the 10. What do you think? Take a look at the 10 African American Authors Everyone Should Read by James Marshall Crotty.

  • 0 African American Chemist - The First

      Eslanda Goode Robeson was the first African American analytical chemist. She received her Ph.D. from the Hartford Connecticut Theological Seminary. A world scholar, Eslanda met her future husband Paul Robeson while they were students at Columbia University (1919). They were married in 1921.

  • 0 African American Magazine Before Ebony or Jet

    John H. Johnson did a lot to move African American magazines forward in the 1940's with The Negro Digest, Ebony, and Jet. Johnson wasn't the first person to publish a magazine that spoke to the interests of black people. In July 1938 The Mirror of Liberty, the first edition of a quarterly periodical was published by David Ruggles. 

  • 0 Rosa Parks - Symbol of a Movement

    Watch and listen to the Rosa Parks story in :30 seconds

  • 0 Bill Cosby Ahead of His Time

    1966. Bill Cosby makes African American history:

  • 0 Black History Inventors Encore

    The free Black History Inventors reference profiled in this short video includes many amazing individuals. Many have received U.S. patents. You can listen to black history inventors historical facts through your speaker or headphones spoken by a real person in this Android app. An excellent reference about black history inventors available in Google Play and the Amazon App Store. It's not just for Black History Month, but for anytime. Developed by for Android.   2018 Update: This is the original 2012 version of the app you see in the video. A new version is finished and will be released in 2018.