Ron Madison, Genesee ISD Instructional Technologist

Many people take time to recognize February as a month to showcase African American history. This year I was asked a question on African American history by a group of educators. Is there a need to showcase African American history in schools today? I had to stop and think about my answer. Often educators tend to share the same information year after year. This year I want to help expand our knowledge on this topic. Let us take a moment to see if you would know who invented the following:

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Who invented the traffic light?  

  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Garrett Morgan
  • Elijah McCoy
  • Albert Richardson


Who developed hundreds of uses for the common peanut?

  • Daniel Hale Williams
  • Daniel McCree
  • George Washington Carver
  • David Fisher


Who pioneered the use of Blood Plasma Banking?

  • Garrett Morgan
  • Dr. Charles Drew
  • Edward Lewis
  • Barack Obama


Who Invented the Gas Mask?

  • Fred Jones
  • James West
  • Garrett Morgan
  • Jack Johnson


Who became the first Female Millionaire in the United States?

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Madam C.J. Walker
  • Beyoncé
  • Valerie Thomas


Who developed a 3-D Optical Illusion Device?

  • Rosa Parks
  • Valerie Thomas
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Lewis Latimer


Who invented the Super Soaker toy?

  • Mark Dean
  • Lonnie Johnson
  • Philip Emeagwali
  • William Purvis


Did those inventions or creative ways of using resources only benefit one group of people? No, it impacted people of many cultures all across the globe.

Go to the following link to learn and share more about other great inventors.



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