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(The Network Journal) — America without Black labor, ingenuity, creativity, innovation and invention would be in the dark ages, and you take that anyway you want to. Granville Woods, Garrett Morgan, Lewis Latimer, and Elijah McCoy are a few inventors—genius tinkerers—who come quickly to mind when considering the roles they played in the development of modern America. There is a tendency to discount the continuing role of Black inventors in science and technology in the digital age, but they are just as prominent, just as invisible now, as they were in the past. At a recent event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, a man in a wheelchair asked at the top his voice during a question and answer session on African American athletes “Who invented the cell phone?” When no one answered, he shouted “A Black man, Henry Sampson.”
When we think of black inventors, names like Garrett A. Morgan, who invented the stoplight, and Charles Drew, who developed the blood bank, come to mind. African Americans have a legacy of innovation in this country and are some of the most extraordinary inventors. But history paints a picture of black inventors as treasures of the past. Within the last two decades, some modern inventors have made headlines, and history. Here are ten of the most influential contemporary innovators and inventors.
Marc B Auguste Sr.
Marc B. Auguste Sr, is a Haitian born inventor, who was instrumental in the development and the prototyping of a multi-purpose portable coin-organizer. He shares intellectual property rights with his eldest son Marc Jr. and his daughter-in-law Jacqueline in 2006. The coin-organizer was intended to assist those who are visually impaired persons, but is being touted as a universally convenient mechanism for all.