The history of Black people in the United States is as diverse and interesting as any other racial groups is. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know much about the contributions of Black people if you were only to look at the traditional history books. But the information is there, you only have to want to find it. The following facts about Black history and more are there, if you have the will to want to know.
Louis Latimer was an African American engineer/scientist who was a member of the elite Edison Pioneers research development organization. Latimer developed a process for making carbon filament that would enable Edison’s light bulbs to burn for hours, prior to this, the bulbs would only burn for a few minutes.
The first African American to hold a patent is said to be Thomas L. Jennings. Jennings was a tailor in New York city who was issued a patent in 1821 for a new dry-cleaning process.
Dr. George Carruthers, an inventor as well as physicist was instrumental in the design of lunar surface ultraviolet cameras. Dr. Carruthers was also head of the Ultraviolet Measurements Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory.
W.E.B. Du Bois is notable for being the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is however better known for his work in founding the National Association for the Advancement of colored people in 1909. He went on to help the NAACP to become the country’s single most influential organization for African Americans.
In 1823, Alexander Lucius Twilight became the first African American to receive a college degree. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.
These historical facts were taken from the list of “101 little known Black History Facts” where anyone can find many more of these historical facts. Black history is full of such little known but in some cases very significant accomplishments. It’s up to the individual who is interested to find out more.