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Without these inventions
In celebration of Black History Month
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You do not have to be another Albert Einstein to invent something. Creativity, inquisitiveness, imagination, and persistence have resulted in many ordinary people inventing items that took the world by storm. Some inventions are relatively simple, while others are quite complex.
Many of us have received a parking ticket. We thought we put enough money in the meter, only to return to our vehicles and find a little slip.
In this age of zooming traffic on the roadways, without the traffic light, there would be many more accidents. While the traffic light can become frustrating, especially if you are running late and happen to get stopped at five different red lights, these lights are a source of safety management.
We need the clock to wake us up on time to get to work, and some people certainly watch the clock to let them know when it is time to depart the work place. In this time conscious society in which we live, the clock is an invaluable invention.
Whether it is a pair of Stacy Adams, J. Renee, Aigner, or Emilio Pucci, people love to wear nice comfortable shoes. They enjoy having a variety of choices. When they visit the shoe store, they do not want to be told their particular brand is not available.
As a result of the recent tragedy at the Imperial Sugar Refinery in Savannah, an urgent appeal went out for blood. So many times, there is a critical shortage and people often do not heed the call to donate blood. When people donate blood, it can be stored and used when necessary.
All of the above scenarios involved an invention by an African American. During the month of February as we celebrate Black History Month, not only are African Americans grateful for these inventions, but society (as a whole) benefits from them.
Benjamin Banneker of Baltimore County, Md. was a mathematician and astronomer. He created the first wooden clock in America in 1791. Banneker is also known for his almanacs, in which he listed tides, astronomical information, eclipses, medicines, and medical treatments.
Garrett Augustus Morgan, who was born in Paris, Ky., is noted for two famous inventions. One is the three-way automatic traffic stoplight, and the other is the gas mask, which was originally called a safety hood. The traffic device greatly improved safety along America's streets and roadways.
A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Carl C. Magee is generally credited with inventing the parking meter. Many cities have benefited from the revenues generated by this simple invention.
Jan Ernst Matzeliger, known for inventing a shoemaking machine, has a United States postage stamp in his honor. He received a patent for the machine in 1883, and by 1889, the demand for the shoemaking machine was overwhelming. This machine revolutionized the shoe industry.
Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Charles Richard Drew, was instrumental in developing blood plasma processing, storage, and transfusion therapy. The American Red Cross blood program of today is a direct result of the work of this medical pioneer. Dr. Drew's groundbreaking work in the large-scale production of human plasma was eventually used by the Army and the American Red Cross as the basis for blood banks. It is hard to imagine life without these inventions. They certainly make our daily living a little easier and enjoyable (in most instances).
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