TO LEARN MORE
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
by Otha Richard Sullivan, James Haskins / Library Binding - 176 pages (1998) / John Wiley
For more than three centuries, African American inventors have been coming up with
ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to really know American history without also
learning about the contributions of black discoverers.
by Nathan Aaseng / Hardcover: 144 pages / Facts on File, Inc.(August 1997)
Ten short, well-written biographies tell the stories of black inventors whose
contributions have often
been overlooked or unrecognized.
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention
by Louis Haber / Paperback - 264 pages Reprint edition (January 1992) / Harcourt Brace
Dr. Haber has lifted from obscurity 14 remarkably gifted black Americans who played
crucial roles in this country's scientific and industrial progress. Includes photos and
Notable Inventors (Great Black Heroes)
by Wade Hudson, Ron Garnett (Illustrator) / Paperback:/ Cartwheel Books; ; (April 1995)
Follows five inventors: Elijah "the real" McCoy, machinery oiling equipment;
Madame C.J. Walker, hair products for black women; Granville Woods, electrical signal
system for trains; Garrett Morgan, gas masks and traffic signals; and Jan Matzeliger, shoe
The African-American Century : How Black Americans Have Shaped Our
by Henry Louis, Jr. Gates, Cornel West / Paperback: 432 pages / Free
Press (February 5, 2002)
When it began, only 35 years after the end of slavery, few could
envision what the 20th century would hold for black Americans. Fills
the aching gaps in public awareness about African Americans and
remind us that self-confidence, dignity, and excellence are the
essential virtues in the great historical drama of American
The New York Public Library African American Desk Reference
by New York Public Library / Hardcover: 624 pages / Wiley; 1 edition
(September 16, 1999)
This reference book is packed with tables, charts, timelines, and
summaries devoted, in this case, to the African American experience.
Chapters cover a variety of topics, including the saga of African
American history, politics and civil rights, science and technology,
the military and the media.
ON THE WEB:
African-American Inventors – Railroad/Transportation
An extensive list of black inventors contrubutions to the railroad
industry. Prepared for African-American Railroader Month 2004 by
Norfolk Southern Corporation.
Inventor Online Museum
A look at the great and often unrecognized pioneers in the field of invention and
innovation. Achievements by Black inventors can be seen as far back as ancient Africa but
much of society has no idea that many of the products or devices that make their everyday
lives more enjoyable are the result of the hard work and ingenuity of Blacks.Enjoy a walk
through history and look at these unknown contributors to science and invention!
Scholastic Magazine Top Ten African-American Inventors
Throughout history, African Americans have invented some important
and fun devices. Read about ten examples of men and women and see
what they invented.Think about what kind of obstacles they may have
faced, personally and professionally.
The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Profiled here are African American men and women who have
contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The
accomplishments of the past and present can serve as pathfinders to
present and future engineers and scientists.
Honoring Black Inventors of the Past
Black minds have been inventors, engineers and master-builders since
antiquity. We must maintain the time-honored tradition in
preparation for the 21st century and beyond. Stories of seven black
inventors presented by Byron L. Crudup, P.E.