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Monday, April 18, 2005

Young, Gifted, and Black...



A debate has been raging between this site and Mean Ol' Meany regarding the impact of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and reparations. During this debate a comment was made regarding the contributions of African Americans to modern day society. Below is just a small list of the many inventions by African Americans, most of which we take for granted everyday without even a thought of who invented them.


The idea of a blood bank was pioneered by Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950). Dr. Drew was an American medical doctor and surgeon who started the idea of a blood bank and a system for the long term preservation of blood plasma (he found that plasma kept longer than whole blood). His ideas revolutionized the medical profession and saved many, many lives. Dr. Drew set up and operated the blood plasma bank at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, NY. Drew's project was the model for the Red Cross' system of blood banks, of which he became the first director.

George Washington Carver (1865?-1943) was an American scientist, educator, humanitarian, and former slave. Carver developed hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans, and soybeans; his discoveries greatly improved the agricultural output and the health of Southern farmers. Before this, the only main crop in the South was cotton. The products that Carver invented included a rubber substitute, adhesives, foodstuffs, dyes, pigments, and many other products.

The potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. French fries were popular at the restaurant and one day a diner complained that the fries were too thick. Although Crum made a thinner batch, the customer was sill unsatisfied. Crum finally made fries that were too thin to eat with a fork, hoping to annoy the extremely fussy customer. The customer, surprisingly enough, was happy - and potato chips were invented!

Clatonia Joaquin Dorticus was an African-American inventor who received many patents. He invented an apparatus for applying dyes to the sides of the soles and heels of shoes, a machine for embossing contouring the paper of photographs, a device that helped develop photographs, and a leak stopper for hoses.

The street letter drop mailbox with a hinged door that closed to protect the mail was invented by Philip B. Downing. Downing, an African-American inventor, patented his new device on October 27, 1891.

Sarah E. Goode was a business woman and inventor. Goode invented the folding cabinet bed, a space-saver that folded up against the wall into a cabinet. When folded up, it could be used as a desk, complete with compartments for stationery and writing supplies. Goode owned a furniture store in Chicago, Illinois, and invented the bed for people living in small apartments. Goode's patent was the first one obtained by an African-American woman inventor

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928) was an African-American inventor who was a member of Edison's research team, which was called "Edison's Pioneers." Latimer improved the newly-invented incandescent light bulb by inventing a carbon filament

Elijah McCoy (1843 or 1844-1929) was a mechanical engineer and inventor. McCoy's high-quality industrial inventions (especially his steam engine lubricator) were the basis for the expression "the real McCoy," meaning the real, authentic, or high-quality thing.

Garrett Augustus Morgan (March 4, 1877 - August 27, 1963), was an African-American inventor and businessman. He was the first person to patent a traffic signal. He also developed the gas mask (and many other inventions). Morgan used his gas mask to rescue miners who were trapped underground in a noxious mine. Soon after, Morgan was asked to produce gas masks for the US Army.

Norbert Rillieux (March 17, 1806-October 8, 1894) was an African-American inventor and engineer who invented a device that revolutionized sugar processing. Rillieux's multiple effect vacuum sugar evaporator (patented in 1864) made the processing of sugar more efficient, faster, and much safer. The resulting sugar was also superior. His apparatus was eventually adopted by sugar processing plants all around the world.

Madame C. J. Walker (December 23, 1867 - May 25, 1919) was an inventor, businesswoman and self-made millionaire. Sarah Breedlove McWilliams C. J. Walker was an African-American who developed many beauty and hair care products that were extremely popular. Madame Walker started her cosmetics business in 1905. Her first product was a scalp treatment that used petroleum and a hot comb. Sarah later invented a system for straightening hair. She added Madame to her name and began selling her new "Walker System" door-to-door. Walker soon added a hair-growing ointment and other cosmetic products to her line. The products were very successful and she soon had many saleswomen, called "Walker Agents," who sold her products door to door.


"Africa is not only the original home of humanity, it is the cradle of its intellect. It was on Africa's savannahs, riverbanks, highlands, deserts, and forests that the first men and women used the power of their minds to shape their environment in ways that suited them. Here man established himself as a tool maker and hunter and advanced social animal. Over the course of millions of years, groups of prehistoric Africans of the genus Homo reasoned, judged, understood, and created the basis for much of the technology and industry that exists in the world today." - John E. Pfeiffer.

50 Comments:

Blogger soundboyz said...

Imara, this was a very good post. It is refreshing to see blacks represented in a positive light and given credit for their inventions.

Although, you left out some important people worth mentioning. There was Tyrone A. Butts who was credited for being the first person to bottle the first 40 oz. Then, there was Laquisha Thomas, the first black woman to wear a weave, she later dyed the weave blonde and quickly became the first black /blonde to walk the Earth.

Mon Apr 18, 12:38:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Oddybobo said...

This is a great post, though I don't remember the contributions comment, there were so many afterall! ;)

Mon Apr 18, 12:51:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Nzyme said...

Jan Ernst Matzeliger(1852–1889) invented a shoemaking machine that increased shoemaking speed by 900%!
In 1992, the U.S. made a postage stamp in honor of Matzeliger.


Granville T. Woods (1856–1910) invented a train-to-station communication system.
Woods left school at age 10 to work and support his family.

Otis Boykin (1920–1982) invented the electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the pacemaker.
Boykin invented 28 different electronic devices.

Dr. Patricia. E. Bath (1949–) invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see.
Dr. Bath has been nominated to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Lonnie G. Johnson (1949–) invented the world-famous watergun, the Supersoaker.
Johnson's company just came out with a new Nerf ball toy gun.

And the list goes on....

Great post, Imara!!

Mon Apr 18, 01:05:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Nzyme said...

Oh, and Soundboyz, here are a few legitimate "firsts":

* Millionaire: Madame C. J. Walker.

* Billionaire: Robert Johnson, 2001, owner of Black Entertainment Television; Oprah Winfrey, 2003.

* Portrayal on a postage stamp: Booker T. Washington, 1940 (and also 1956).

* Miss America: Vanessa Williams, 1984, representing New York. When controversial photos surfaced and Williams resigned, Suzette Charles, the runner-up and also an African American, assumed the title. She represented New Jersey. Three additional African Americans have been Miss Americas: Debbye Turner (1990), Marjorie Vincent (1991), and Kimberly Aiken (1994).

* Explorer, North Pole: Matthew A. Henson, 1909, accompanied Robert E. Peary on the first successful U.S. expedition to the North Pole.

* Explorer, South Pole: George Gibbs, 1939–1941 accompanied Richard Byrd.

Mon Apr 18, 01:29:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

> Miss America: Vanessa Williams, 1984, representing New York. When controversial photos surfaced and Williams resigned,

What's so controversial about playing the trumpet with her genetalia, stretched out naked with another woman?I didn't get the whole thing . I think it was racism!! But, that's for another post!!

Mon Apr 18, 03:09:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

> though I don't remember the contributions comment, there were so many afterall! ;)

See, Oddybobo, when you're laid back drinking a 40, remember who's responsible for your buzz!!Always trying to deny blacks the credit they deserve!!

Mon Apr 18, 03:11:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

Soundboyz, thanks for the compliment... just trying to inform the blog public of some of the MANY contributions of our people!

Mon Apr 18, 04:48:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Nzyme said...

Soundboyz, maybe she was just feeling a little polymorphous....what's wrong with that??

Mon Apr 18, 04:59:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

You're quite welcome Imara. Keep up the good work!!

> Soundboyz, maybe she was just feeling a little polymorphous....what's wrong with that??

Nzyme, this is a serious topic that deserves dignity and respect. How dare you bring this filth into such a historic post? ....

So, did you say that you were also polymorphic? Is that code for lesbian or bi?

Mon Apr 18, 05:13:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Nzyme said...

LOL!! I believe the filth began with your talk of trumpets and genetalia, sir. Oh, and being stretched out naked with other women....

Oh, and in my case, I'm just hooked on Dolphie!

Mon Apr 18, 07:07:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

soundboyz, you have got to see the pictures on Nzyme's site to understand exactly what she is talking about. Dolphie hooks right up in there where Dolphie needs to be. I'm guessing there's no breaking that loose.

Oh, and those are the sweetest looking dudes that I have seen in a long time, I am certainly glad that you have them on your site (a damn big NO HOMO, NO HOMO, NO HOMO), not that there's anything wrong with that, for you.

And Vanessa's handcuffs didn't do it for me. But those eyes of hers, damn.

Tue Apr 19, 12:08:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

And my favorite invention will always be that automatic oiler, The Real McCoy. I think that he lived in Canada when he invented it though. Damn Canadians like curling.

Tue Apr 19, 12:09:00 AM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

Two Dogs, unfortunately I did see those sick and perverse devices. I have been scarred for life ever since. I don't even want to know why these things are available for purchase. What form of beastiality type depraved type hedonist(sorry Kelly) would buy such a thing? For what?

Tue Apr 19, 12:40:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

It was for the railroad, you sick puppy. Oh, you were talking about those Dolphie things. I thought that you talking about the automatic oiler.

Yea, they looked like they could hook right up in there to get whatever you needed them to get. And glass no doubt.

Tue Apr 19, 12:42:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

Oh, wait, you were talking about Vanessa's eyes? Trust me, I will kill you for saying that, take it back.

Tue Apr 19, 12:43:00 AM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

Two Dogs, there seems to be a misunderstanding.I wasn't talking about Vanessa's eyes, nor was I talking about the automatic oiler, I was takling about those damn handcuffs that Vanessa had!What type of freaky dominatrix type s&m type dominant submissive type sh*t was that all about?

Two Dogs, I just want to say again that I wasn't talking about your wife when I made reference to you having relations before marriage. I was talking about the enormous amounts of Booty juice you were getting as a teenager by your own admission.

Sorry for any misunderstanding.

Tue Apr 19, 01:00:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

You know how that damn music scene is, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Those handcuffs, damn weird.

And for the final time, y'all can go where ever you want to with my past and my loss, you are not going to hurt my feelings any more than they already are. I am a big boy, and I am pretty sure that y'all are not malicious people. For the most part, everyone on the 'Sphere has been great.

I am going to put up a post on the anniversaery of Carla's death that is going to show you what I look like and the extent of my feelings for the girl. She was everything in the world to me and I will never be the same. Not that I want to be, anyway.

Tue Apr 19, 01:23:00 AM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

>I will never be the same. Not that I want to be, anyway.

Two Dogs, this is so true. Now I am starting to understand your frequenting of gay bars and seeing "Beyonce" impersonators. I understand your need to change and be different than you were. I guess things won't be the same...huh?

Tue Apr 19, 01:42:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

Is that a picture of you and Imara right below this comment section?

Tue Apr 19, 08:37:00 AM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

LOL!!!!Wait until Imara reads this!!! You're in deep Crap Two Dogs!!!

Tue Apr 19, 11:16:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

>Is that a picture of you and Imara right below this comment section?


Actually, these are your "friends" from the bar... I'm surprised that you don't recognize "Beyonce" without her/his makeup!

Tue Apr 19, 12:02:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

LOL!!!!!Nice one Imara!!!!

As a matter of fact, I was able to find a picture of Two Dogs during one of his many visits to the Gay bar. Here at last , is a picture of Two Dogs and a friend living it up at Mad Cats. Oh , by the way , Two Dogs is the one with the gold tooth.


http://www.madkats.com/Drag/Queen/Trannyshack/TS_2000/pages/fudgieCrusty2.htm

Tue Apr 19, 12:14:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

My word... I wasn't expecting that! LOL!! I almost lost my lunch.

Tue Apr 19, 12:45:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

But check this Imara, these are actual photos taken from"Mad Cats", the gay bar that Two Dogs frequents!!!! He has yet to show me a picture of this supposed Beyonce look alike. If this is what's going on there, then what the hell do they want with a female Beyonce look alike? Oh heavens....I fear the worst......Two dogs is into .......Tranny love!! I'd hate to see "Beyonce" do his/her rendition of "Crazy in Love". "Uh oh uh oh uh oh uh oh no no no no no"!!

Tue Apr 19, 12:55:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

No, that was not the bar, those were the only pictures that I could find on the web that I could actually link to. Kinda risque' for the most part.

And furthermore, if you read the article, I said that I was the albino in the place. And it was about 98% women. Walt and I looked like we were watching tennis. But the funny thing was that every other woman was flat out perfect, but the other half were all sporting cuts like dudes and wearing suits.

And Beyonce is most definitely all woman.

Tue Apr 19, 01:03:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

Wait you didn't get the picture?

Tue Apr 19, 01:04:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

> No, that was not the bar

Looks like the page says Mad Cats to me......You did go to Mad Cats Didn't you?

>Walt and I looked like we were watching tennis.

Does this mean that you were watching balls go back and forth?

>But the funny thing was that every other woman was flat out perfect, but the other half were all sporting cuts like dudes and wearing suits.

Are you sure that these "women" weren't into tranny love?

> you didn't get the picture?
Nope..........

Tue Apr 19, 01:12:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

Two Dogs... I'm starting to worry about you! LOL!! It's ok... we're all family here. We love you just the same. *wink*

As far as the "Beyonce" chick... if her hands are as big has her face... RUN!!

Tue Apr 19, 01:20:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL!!!!!!!!

I am crying after that one!!!

But seriously Two Dogs, it's nothing to be ashamed of. I just hope you two can find love deep down inside of each other.It's not for others to judge what love is. Ultimatly , it will all works itself out in the end.

Tue Apr 19, 01:32:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

Maybe in your end......

Tue Apr 19, 01:33:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

OK! Can one of you shout out a great big NO HOMO here, because I'm really starting to get weirded out!

Tue Apr 19, 01:38:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Nzyme said...

Imara,

Here's an interesting blog:

http://www.blackhistoryquiz.net/blog

Tue Apr 19, 01:49:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

> OK! Can one of you shout out a great big NO HOMO here, because I'm really starting to get weirded out!

Real men don't see a need to say that. It's only the gays and the closet homosexuals that need to clarify everything. I am the definition of a heterosexual man!!I can joke about homosexuals and not see the need to clarify my sexuality because I am confident in my sexuality!! I'm not a kid or some confused man that has had homosexual encounters ! I believe it's people who have had these experiences who feel the need to clarify every statement!!

Tue Apr 19, 01:49:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

Soundboyz... seems like you "clarified" that. LOL!!

Tue Apr 19, 01:57:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

Nzyme, Thanks for the link! I just checked it out, and it has lots of great information. I will be sure to visit often.

Soundboyz, check it out, and maybe we can add it to our roll. BTW... I see you add more while I was away... great!

Tue Apr 19, 02:00:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Two Dogs said...

I think I am okay with my manliness as well. Hell I was able to roll up in a gay bar and not get too weirded out.

Tue Apr 19, 02:04:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

> Soundboyz... seems like you "clarified" that. LOL!!

Ha Ha HA ....Very funny!!

>Soundboyz, check it out, and maybe we can add it to our roll. BTW... I see you add more while I was away... great!

Imara I am going to check it out right now! Thanks Nzyme,we appreciate that!

Tue Apr 19, 02:05:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

Two Dogs, Wattup with the Picture? If there is a picture? It's O.K. Dogs, I'll just take your word for it. No problemo.

Tue Apr 19, 02:07:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

>Africans of the genus Homo

What type of inventors are we talking about here? Hey did you guys hear about the black gay inventor? Yep, he devoted his whole life to making dicks all day.

Tue Apr 19, 03:37:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

>Yep, he devoted his whole life to making dicks all day.

Soundboyz... I am really shocked and appalled!

Tue Apr 19, 03:58:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

Sorry Imara.....

Tue Apr 19, 04:53:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

.........I meant penis.

Tue Apr 19, 10:38:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

Soundboyz, do you kiss Dolly with that mouth? LOL!!

Wed Apr 20, 10:31:00 AM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

> Soundboyz, do you kiss Dolly with that mouth? LOL!!

Yes!

Wed Apr 20, 12:36:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

I'm not sure which is worse...

Thu Apr 21, 10:53:00 AM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

> I'm not sure which is worse...

The gay black scientist who devoted his whole life to inventing penises, in my opinion.

Thu Apr 21, 11:40:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

^LOL!!!!!!!

Thu Apr 21, 02:51:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

I don' know why you laugh at these old comic view jokes!!!

Thu Apr 21, 03:24:00 PM 2005  
Blogger Imara said...

^ Huh? You lost me... I don't watch Comic View... not usually home when it's on.

Thu Apr 21, 03:47:00 PM 2005  
Blogger soundboyz said...

>Huh? You lost me... I don't watch Comic View... not usually home when it's on.

Good, nevermind then !!

Thu Apr 21, 03:50:00 PM 2005  

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