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Garrett Morgan, Traffic Signal Inventor

Garrett MorganEver wonder what driving would be like without traffic signals? Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr., did. Driving through Cleveland, Ohio, where he owned a prosperous sewing machine repair and tailoring business, the Kentucky-born son of slaves was keenly aware of the danger of collisions…

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An Inventor’s Inspiration

If America wants to get back to inventing and making things, it must change K-12 student attitudes toward science and math. So says James E. West, a research professor of electrical and computer engineering and inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Website: Black Inventor Online Museum

The Black Inventor Online Museum ™ offers brief profiles of African-American leaders in the field of invention and innovation, ranging from 18th century innovators like Benjamin Banneker, who helped design the layout of Washington, D.C., to rock scientist Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the popular 1990’s “Super Soaker” water gun.

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Website: Famous Black Inventors

The Famous Black Inventors Website offers excellent profiles of past and present African-American innovators, as well as a resource page with information on inventors and inventions — highlighting African Americans and women — invention history and trivia, and links to other Internet sites.

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Posters: African-American Engineers and Inventors

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) offers for purchase a poster series highlighting the achievements of African American engineers and inventors. The poster series contains ten posters, measuring 14-by-18 inches, each displaying a picture of an African American engineer or inventor and information about their work.

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