Why is it important for students to learn about Black history? (19 life-changing inventions)

I’ll be answering why it’s important for students to learn about black history.

Black history helped design the cornerstone of plenty of America’s leading inventions.

If you’re going to teach history, it’s impossible to teach without mentioning black people.

There’s a wide array of leaders that contributed to even the very structure of our nation’s iconic buildings.

I want to thank a mentor of mine that gave me the opportunity to speak on this in depth.

I forget myself to acknowledge much but let’s move on.

Why is it important for students to learn about Black history?

There’s been life changing inventions that black people made:

  • Dry cleaning services
  • V-chip
  • Railroad telegraph
  • The super soaker
  • Safety Hood
  • Digital Cellphone
  • The mailbox
  • Home security system
  • Spark plug
  • Gamma electric cell
  • Pastry fork
  • The potato chip
  • Ironing board
  • Thermo-king
  • Ice cream mold and disher
  • Laser cataract surgery

An understanding of the origin helps to build a better appreciation for the creation.

Dry Cleaning Services

Thomas Jennings was the inventor of the dry cleaning service as we know it.

There was improvements made and concepts successfully duplicated to modernize the service.

Dry cleaners have been around since 1845.

There’s over 27,000 services available in the U.S. alone.

Although there’s dryer sets in nearly every household, dry cleaners kept their value through cleaning clothes more efficiently.

It was an industry made entirely famous after traveling countries in order to do business.


Dr. Joseph N Jackson was the inventor of the V-Chip, sparked by a program implemented call the Family Viewing Hour in 1975.

Railroad Telegraph

Granville T. Woods was the creator of this invention, allowing messages to be sent through electricity, between 2 trains.

The Super Soaker

One of the best selling toys, earning over a billion dollars in sales was created by Lonnie Johnson.

Safety Hood

This 1916 invention was founded by Garret Morgan, to employ another level of safety amongst emergency responders in tunnels.

Digital Cellphone

Jesse Eugene Russell was the founding father of the digital cell era.

The mailbox

Paul L. Downing started a wave of having mailboxes placed outside nearly every home in the U.S. as of the late 1850s.

Home Security System

Marie Van Brittan Brown created this invention to combat the high level of crimes being experienced in Queens at the time.

Spark Plug

This invention came in February 2nd of 1839 by Edmond Berger.

The only major issue was that it was never patented.

Gamma Electric Cell

This is one of the most complex inventions by Henry Thomas Sampson Jr. to generate auxiliary power from nuclear reactors.

Pastry fork

Anna M. Mangin created this invention, that predated a wave of new modern electric cooking equipment.

The Potato Chip

George Crum created one of America’s favorite snacks that also led to a spin off of many different variations of the potato chip.

Ironing Board

In 1892 Sarah Boone was accredited for obtaining a patent the ironing board as we know it.


Frederick McKinley Jones contributed to numerous industries.

Most importantly, he was the founder of Thermo King, a highly reputable company for refrigerators.

Ice Cream Mold and Disher

In 1897, Alfred L. Cralle invented this product to improve the serving of the highly popular dessert, being ice cream.

Laser Cataract Surgery

Patricia E. Bath created the laserphaco, a machine that assisted in the procedure of performing laser cataract surgery.

Cosmetics and Haircare

Madam C.J. Walker made leaps and bounds in designing a hair care product and system for improving your hair quality.

Method to prevent soil depletion

George Washington Carver helped save the quality of soil, specifically for farmers, by introducing a crop rotation method.

D.C. building & 1st American clock

Benjamin Banneker helped design of the first buildings of Washington D.C.

That, as well as the first clock that was made entirely in America was the start of an innovative experience in the U.S.

One response to “Why is it important for students to learn about Black history? (19 life-changing inventions)”

  1. Cecil L. Williams Avatar
    Cecil L. Williams

    Impressive! Concise and effective. Giving a little more background information might help in pulling readers in. Also, check the second sentence under Dry Cleaning Services. (There were improvements). 4th sentence ( There are).
    5th sentence ( there are dryer sets).

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