Below, is a list of over 25 Black African Americans who have made history throughout the United States and
the world.  (
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Check often as Black historians are added without notice.

  • William Grant Still
  The 1st Black African American to write a musical symphony.

  • “Blind” Tom Wiggins
  Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (May 25, 1849 – June 14, 1908) was an African American autistic
  savant and musical prodigy on the piano. He had numerous original compositions published and had a
  lengthy and largely successful performing career  throughout the United States. During the 19th
  century, he was one of the most well-known American performing pianists.

  • Deborah Mathis
  Black journalist and columnist.

  • Valerie Thomas
  Working with concave and flat mirrors, Ms. Thomas became the inventor of the scientific tool for
  NASA and its image delivery system. She designed programs to research Halley's comet and ozone

  • Tony Dungy
  Football Coach.

  • Taqiy Abdula Simmons
  Black Gymnast in April 2007.

  • The Triple Nickels
  The very First all  Black Parachute Platoon - The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion - 1944 - 1947
  during WWII.

  • Smoke Jumpers
  The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion  parachute unit performing a extremely dangerous role of
  "smoke jumping" and their performance in one of the best kept secret operations in World War II.

  • Captain Bradley Briggs
  United States Army Commander of Company B “The Smoke Jumpers”.

  • Octavia Butler - Writer
  Noted for being the first Black African American science fiction writer to receive the prestigious
  McArthur Foundation Genius Grant for $295,000.

  • Robert Maynard
  First Black owner of a major daily newspaper.

  • Barack Hussein Obama II
  First Black African American President of the U.S.

  • Larry Doby
The second African American player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

  • Donna Brazile
  The first Black African American woman to manage a major presidential campaign when she ran
  Al Gore’s 2000 race- is a professor, columnist and political advisor.

  • Erma Henderson
  First Black City Council Woman.

  • DeFord Bailey (“Harmonica Wizard”)
  Known as the greatest Harmonica Player of all time.  He had Polio and suffered with paralysis but was
  the first Black African American to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

  • Alex Burl
  Alex Burl - the first Black athlete in CSU history to win the Nye Trophy.
Blacks Bill of Sale
OUR Bill of Sale
Black Inventions
1) Ms. Sarah Boone - Ironing Board
2) Mr. Jan E. Matzelinger - Shoe lasting machine
3) Mr. William Purvis - Fountain Pen
4) Lee Burridge - Type writing machine
5) W.A. Lovette - Advanced printing press
6) Mr. Richard Spikes - Automatic gear shift
7) Joseph Gammel - Supercharge system for internal combustion engines
8) Mr. Garrett A. Morgan - Traffic lights
9) Mr. Lewis Howard Lattimer - Filament within the light bulb
10) Dr. Charles Drew -  Found a way to preserve and store blood AND he started the worlds 1st blood bank
11) Dr. Daniel Hale Williams - Performed the 1st open heart surgery

Invisible Black Man
Dr. Mark Dean
"America's High Tech "Invisible Man"
By Tyrone D. Taborn

You may not have heard of Dr. Mark Dean. And you aren't alone. But almost everything in your life has been
affected by his work.  See, Dr. Mark Dean is a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is in the National Hall of
Inventors. He has more than 30 patents pending. He is a vice president with IBM. Oh, yeah. And he is also the
architect of the modern-day personal computer. Dr. Dean holds three of the original nine patents on the
computer that all PCs are based upon. And, Dr. Mark Dean is an African American.

So how is it that we can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IBM personal computer without reading or
hearing a single word about him? Given all of the pressure mass media are under about negative portrayals of
African Americans on television and in print, you would think it would be a slam dunk to highlight someone like
Dr. Dean.

Somehow, though, we have managed to miss the shot. History is cruel when it comes to telling the stories of
African Americans. Dr. Dean isn't the first Black inventor to be overlooked.

  • Consider John Stanard, inventor of the refrigerator,
  • George Sampson, creator of the clothes dryer,
  • Alexander Miles and his elevator,
  • Lewis Latimer and the electric lamp.

All of these inventors share two things:
One, they changed the landscape of our society; and, two, society relegated them to the footnotes of history.
Hopefully, Dr. Mark Dean won't go away as quietly as they did. He certainly shouldn't. Dr. Dean helped start a
Digital Revolution that created people like Microsoft's Bill Gates and Dell Computer's Michael Dell. Millions
of jobs in information technology can be traced back directly to Dr. Dean.

More important, stories like Dr. Mark Dean's should serve as inspiration for African-American children.
Already victims of the "Digital Divide" and failing school systems, young, Black kids might embrace technology
with more enthusiasm if they knew someone like Dr. Dean already was leading the way.

Although technically Dr. Dean can't be credited with creating the computer -- that is left to Alan Turing, a
pioneering 20th-century English mathematician, widely considered to be the father of modern computer science
-- Dr. Dean rightly deserves to take a bow for the machine we use today. The computer really wasn't practical
for home or small business use until he came along, leading a team that developed the interior architecture
(ISA systems bus) that enables multiple devices, such as modems and printers, to be connected to personal

In other words, because of Dr. Dean, the PC became a part of our daily lives.  For most of us, changing the face
of society would have been enough. But not for Dr. Dean. Still in his early forties, he has a lot of inventing left in

He recently made history again by leading the design team responsible for creating the first 1-gigahertz
processor chip. It's just another huge step in making computers faster and smaller. As the world congratulates
itself for the new Digital Age brought on by the personal computer, we need to guarantee that the African-
American story is part of the hoopla surrounding the most stunning technological advance the world has ever
seen. We cannot afford to let Dr. Mark Dean become a footnote in history. He is well worth his own history

This knowledge should be shared of what "Black", "African Americans" or Americans of African descent can
Life Without Black People
A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African
American, so they joined together and wished themselves away.

They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an America
without black people.

At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief.

At last, they said, No more crime, drugs, violence and welfare.
All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The "NEW AMERICA" is not America at all - only a
barren land.

1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave supported system.
2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and
without it, on finds great difficulty reaching higher floors.
3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph
Gambol, also black, invented the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A.
Morgan, a black man, invented the traffic signals.
4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which
was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.
5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they are cluttered with
paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper.
6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener,
William Purveys invented the fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine and W. A.
Love invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black
7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would nto have been transported by mail
because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the Hand
Stamp and Philip Sowning invented the Letter Drop.
8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the
Lawn Mower.
9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated and poorly heated. You see,
Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also
dim. But of course, Lewis Lattimer later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the Lantern and
Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut Off Switch. Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W.
Stewared invented the Mop & Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.
10. Their children met them at the door-barefooted, shabby, motley and unkempt. But what could one expect?
Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone
invented ti Ironing Board and George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.
11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil. But here again, the food had
spoiled because another Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator.

Now, isn't that something? What would this country be like without the contributions of Blacks, as

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "
By the time we leave for work, Americans have depended on the inventions
from the minds of Blacks."
Black History
Black African Americans who have and are still making history for the world
Stand in the Schoolhouse Door:
Governor George Wallace attempts to block the enrollment of Black students at the University of Alabama.
Founded by Confederate soldiers after the Civil War (1861-1865) the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) used violence and
intimidation to prevent Blacks from voting, holding political office and attending school...
anything that whites did not like.
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