February is Black History Month in the U.S. and Canada. Today's New York Times includes a fascinating article by Claudia E. Cabrero and Julia Jacobs, titled "Seven Black Inventors Whose Patents Helped Shaped American Life." The seven profiled are Garrett Morgan, Marie Van Brittan Brown, Lonnie Johnson, Mary Beatrice Kenner, Charles Drew, Patricia Bath, and Dennis Weatherby. Highly recommended!
The article also references a book by Rayvon Fouché titled Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation, which discusses the lives and contributions of three other notable African-American inventors of the late nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries: Granville Woods, Lewis Latimer, and Shelby Davidson. I'll put this on my reading list. There is also an interesting website, titled "The Black Inventor Online Museum," which discusses these three and many others.