10 Living Black Inventors You Need to Know

10 Living Black Inventors You Need to Know

by Andrew LaSane | CULTURE |

You may not have heard of them, but these African-American achievers have shaped our world.

It’s Black History Month, which means that famous black inventors like Benjamin Banneker, Madam CJ Walker, and George Washington Carver will be name-dropped often over the next couple of weeks. It’s important to remember the legends of the past, but it’s also important to acknowledge the men and women who have done great things and are still around to receive the praise. Here are 10 black inventors you may never have heard of, but should definitely know.


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Andrew LaSane is a South Carolina-born writer based in Brooklyn. His work has appeared on Mental Floss, Complex, Paint or Thread, and Thrillist. Find him sharing stream of consciousness thoughts and horror movie GIFs on Twitter at @laptop_lasane.


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