Celebrating Black Innovators for Black Historical past Month


Whereas Black historical past ought to all the time be acknowledged and shared day-after-day, for Black Historical past Month, we’d like to provide thanks and spotlight the various generations of African American innovators and their groundbreaking discoveries that modified the world. Because of their contributions, which paved the best way for scientific discovery and tech improvements, we noticed our every day lives enhance all through the years with on a regular basis innovations.

Get impressed by testing these Black innovators that helped form our lives. We’ll be posting about these innovators on the Indiegogo Instagram all month lengthy, and you’ll click on via to see the unique social media submit for each.

Born in 1867 as Sarah Breedlove, Madam C.J. Walker was America’s FIRST feminine self-made millionaire. In 1905, she invented Madam Walker’s Fantastic Hair Grower, which grew right into a line of hair merchandise and launched a brand new system of hair take care of African-American hair. She wasn’t only a pioneer within the cosmetics trade, she was additionally a profitable entrepreneur. 

By 1913, Walker’s enterprise was incomes $3,000 a month (over $50,000 in as we speak’s {dollars}). A lifelong philanthropist, she additionally centered her efforts in using Black girls in her neighborhood, giving them the chance to be financially unbiased. You may be taught extra about Madam C.J. Walker by watching Self Made, a Netflix collection primarily based on her life.

In 1973, she turned the primary Black lady to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear physics at MIT. She can be the second Black lady within the U.S. to earn a doctorate in physics. Her illustrious profession as a theoretical physicist consists of management positions in STEM throughout many industries — from academia to public service and authorities to analysis.

Most notably, her groundbreaking experiments led to the invention of caller ID, name ready, touch-tone phone, transportable fax, the fiber-optic cable, photo voltaic cells, and lots of different improvements in telecommunications that we use as we speak. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Jackson the Nationwide Medal of Science, the best honor within the nation for her contributions to STEM and the world.

In 1922, after witnessing a carriage accident at an intersection within the metropolis of Cleveland the place he lived, he got here up with a brand new and improved site visitors sign. He invented a site visitors sign with a warning mild that can alert drivers in needing to cease. This T-shaped design was patented and have become the precursor of what we now know as our fashionable three-way site visitors mild system. So the following time you’re driving and arrive at a stoplight, consider Garrett Morgan!

He additionally went on to patent extra innovations, together with a hair straightening product, a stitching machine, and a respiratory respiration gadget or security hood which might later turn out to be the prototype for gasoline masks in WWI, defending troopers from poisonous gasoline. In actual fact, Morgan himself would personally demo his invention to fireplace departments, even main a rescue mission that saved many lives in the course of the 1916 Lake Erie tunnel explosion.

Dubbed the “Father of Fashionable Gaming, ” Lawson led the event of the Fairchild Channel F console within the Nineteen Seventies, which was the primary programmable ROM cartridge–primarily based online game console and the primary console to make use of a microprocessor.

However Lawson didn’t cease there. In 1980, he based Videosoft, a online game growth firm that made software program for the Atari 2600. Atari adopted his cartridge method and have become the highest online game console in the marketplace, NBD. He was additionally one of many solely Black members of the Homebrew Pc Membership, a gaggle of early pc hobbyists that included Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Lawson acquired quite a few awards and honors for his contributions as a online game trade pioneer.

Have fun Black inventors day-after-day

As we glance again at these legacies, it’s as much as all of us to do the work and share these tales and contributions with extra folks. 

Right here at Indiegogo, we’re all about giving a platform for brand new concepts (particularly in STEM) to take form, develop, and thrive with the contributions of crowdfunding backers such as you that assist convey these improvements to actuality. And when you’re an inventor or creator, we sit up for supporting your concepts this yr!

Need to discover extra Black creators? Present your love and assist for Black entrepreneurs and creators in our crowdfunding neighborhood.


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