We all remember some of the most celebrated early black inventors like George Washington Carver who invented peanut butter, adhesives, bleach, chili sauce, ink, instant coffee, linoleum, mayonnaise, paper, plastic, pavement, shaving cream, talcum powder and more. Or Henry Blair, the second African American to receive a patent for a corn seed planter and a cotton planter, distinguished not only for his invention but for succeeding despite the fact that he could not read or write.
Often overlooked are some more contemporary innovators and inventors. Mark Dean and co-inventor Dennis Moelle created a microcomputer system with controls for peripheral processing devices like disk drives, speakers, and scanners. NASA engineer Lonnie G. Johnson made significant contributions in spacecraft design - but kids love him for his top selling toy invention the Super Soaker Water Gun.
And where would we be if Emmit McHenry hadn’t created a complex computer code making it possible for ordinary people like us to surf the web or have e-mails. He created what we know today simply as .com. In 1992 his company, Network Solutions, earned a contract with the National Science Foundation Department. Network Solution had the sole authority to develop and issue the Internet system for Web addresses.
For this year’s Black History Month celebration Nike is honoring three notable athletes for their social innovations with special edition shoes and clothing. Soccer player Didier Drogba is recognized for his ongoing involvement in bringing solar light bulbs to impoverished areas in Africa. Tennis player Serena Williams for her empowerment of young women, including the secondary school she helped build in Kenya. Basketball star, Kevin Durant, is acknowledged for his support of his hometown recreation center for youth. Proceeds from sales of the Nike Black History Month collection go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
This month at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we celebrate all these innovators and inventors that have made history. Who do you know that is making history this month? Will you make history?
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