Black people have invented and innovated a lot since being in the United States. Despite centuries of hardships, Black people have changed so many parts of our daily life. In celebration of black accomplishments, here’s 5 things you probably didn’t know Black people made.
Some of America’s Biggest Music Genres–Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz
Black people are credited with founding genres like Hip-Hop, R&B, and Gospel music. However it’s not as well known that they also created genres like Rock and Country music. The genres originate out of Southern Blues. Rock n’ Roll greats such as Rosetta Tharpe and Chuck Berry pioneered them.
Barbecue, Mac & Cheese, Potato Chips & More!
While barbecue has roots in both West African and Native American culture, enslaved Black people made the cooking style popular. Other figures like James Hemings learned French Cuisine and brought it back to America. He developed classics like mac and cheese. Funnily enough, Chef George Crum made potato chips ironically to spite a customer.
Essentials Like The Home Security System, Traffic Lights, Refrigerators
Imagine a world with no traffic lights to guide cars. Or no alarm systems to protect your home from intruders. How about no refrigerators to keep your perishables in? We have black inventors Garrett Morgan, Marie Brown, and Frederick McKinley Jones to thank for making our lives safer.
The Whole Concept of “Cool”
When you think of someone cool, you probably think of someone who unbothered. This idea of “cool” is more similar to the West-African definition than the English one. Historian Robert Farris Thompson discovered our American idea of cool sounds a lot like the Liberian one: “to be nonchalant at the right moment…to do difficult tasks with an air of ease”.
Life-Saving Innovations–Blood Bank, Pacemaker, Blindness Prevention
Black professionals have made major contributions made to the medical field as well. Surgeon Charles Drew changed the game when he discovered a way to store blood. Otis Boykin made his mark when he improved the pacemaker. Patricia Bath changed people’s lives by pioneering blindness treatment and prevention.
Women have added a lot to our society. From science to medicine women have put in work. During this Women’s History Month, let’s look at some of the best inventions made by women:
1. Car Heater: Margaret Wilcox
Margaret Wilcox invented central car heating in 1893. As a result we can stay cozy in our vehicles.
2. Fire Escape: Anna Connelly
Anna Connelly invented the fire escape in 1887, saving many lives. Because of her living in apartments has been much safer.
3. Laser Cataract Surgery: Patricia Bath
Patricia Bath finished her laser cataract patent in 1986. Due to her invention thousands of people can still see.
4. Computer Algorithm: Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace wrote the first “computer” program in the 1840s. Her work helps computer scientists write programs till this day.
5. Circular Saw: Tabitha Babbitt
Tabitha Babbitt is known for inventing the circle saw. During the year 1813 everyone praised her for inventing the convenient tool.
6. Dishwasher: Josephine Cochrane
Josephine Cochrane invented the dishwasher in 1886. Since then chores have been way easier.
7. Medical Syringe: Letitia Geer
Letitia Geer invented medical syringes that were clean and easy to use in 1899. Due to her invention hospitals are much safer.
8. Bulletproof Vests: Stephanie Kwolek
Stephanie Kwolek discovered Kevlar fabric in 1965. Because of her discoveries we have bulletproof jackets and vests.
9. Windshield Wiper: Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper In 1903. As a result all cars use her invention.
Without women in science, our lives would be much less safe, convenient, and enjoyable.