Tag: Black History Month 2020

125+ Black History Making Pathfinders You Should Know

As Black History Month 2020 draws to a close we want to encourage you to continue learning more about all the ways African-Americans have helped shape America and the world as we know it today. We have posted 28 extensive profiles on our blog, but those people are just the tip of the iceberg. One…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancer cells were used to create the HeLa cell line. The HeLa cell line is the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks visited Johns Hopkins University to figure out the source of her vaginal…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: James E. West

James E West is a legendary acoustician, inventor, researcher, and professor. Along with his colleague Gerhard Sessler, West developed the foil-electret transducer for acoustic technology. West’s invention is now used in the majority of cell phones, tape recorders, baby monitors, camcorders, hearing aids, professional microphones and other sound equipment. He has been awarded 60 US…

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Black History Pathfinder Profile: Katherine Johnson

Creola Katherine Johnson was a mathematician and NASA Aerospace Technologist. Katherine Johnson’s complex calculations helped America win the space race in 1961 when Alan Shepherd became the first American to go into space. Johnson calculated his trajectory and the path he would take from launch to landing. Her calculations for John Glenn’s orbital mission in…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: George Crum

George Crum was a Native American/African American hunter, guide and chef who changed the dining industry when he invented the potato chip in 1853. Crum invented the chips while trying to satisfy a difficult diner who complained the restaurant’s popular french fries were too thick. George sliced the potatoes more and more thin and the diner…

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Black History Pathfinder Profile: Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist, diplomat, civil servant, author and professor. She is the first African-American woman to serve as National Security Advisor and the first African-American woman to serve as United States Secretary of State. She was the 66th Secretary of State as well as the second African-American Secretary of State (after Colin…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls was a sailor, an educator and an advocate for the political rights of African Americans. Robert Smalls commandeered a Confederate supply ship, slipped past 2 Confederate checkpoints and sailed to freedom. There were 17 passengers total on board. As a mulatto slave, Robert Smalls received special treatment from his owners. His mother wanted…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Lewis Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer was an inventor, engineer, author and patent draftsman. He is best known for making the widespread use of electric light possible by inventing an improved carbon filament design for Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulbs. He taught himself mechanical drawing and later drafted the drawings that Alexander Graham Bell used to patent the…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph was a ground-breaking track and field sprinter who became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at the 1960 Olympic Games. Rudolph also championed civil rights and worked to inspire the next generation through education and coaching. Rudolph was born prematurely and was a sickly child. She…

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Black History Month Pathfinder Profile: George Brown

George Brown was a talented carpenter, skilled entrepreneur and philanthropist. As co-owner of the Brown & Miller Shipyard, Brown was known to pay equal and fair wages to employees without regard to race. He is said to be Florida’s first equal opportunity employer because he hired both black and white employees based on their ability…

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