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Black History Month

February is Black History Month – a good time to recognize just some of the things we take for granted every day that were invented by black people:

Air conditioning

Blood bank

Carbon-filament light bulb

Cell phone

Clothes dryer



Fire escape ladder

Fire extinguisher

First open heart surgery

Fitted sheet

Folding chair

Fountain pen

Gas mask

Golf tee




Internal combustion engine

Ironing board

Key chain

Lawn mower



Peanut butter

Pencil sharpener

Potato chips

Printing press

Railroad switch


Rotary engine


Spark plug

Spring seat for cars


Street sweeper

Traffic light


12 Responses

  1. Rhonda says:

    I had no idea either. We should all recognize these things and hold great respect for the ones who invented the things we could not do without today. How could we go without the use of any of those things especially the most important ones like spark plugs and traffic lights…
    Oh and I loved your poem Sue. Very well said 😉 😀

    • sue says:

      Thanks for your acknowledgment Rhonda! 🙂 Not feeling too good, gonna hit the sack early tonight before another long day at work.
      Have a great week my friend!!


  2. Roll Dog says:

    I like this.

    Yeah, black people as well as those of other races have created everything we have today.

  3. sue says:

    A poem I wrote back in 1993 and copy written.
    Color me a rainbow
    No favorite color first
    Promise me they all will glow
    with radiance to burst.
    To see them all as equal
    and LOVE them all the same,
    to never again ridicule
    or hide their heads in shame.
    Yes, Color me a rainbow
    in a brotherhood of man
    lift your voices high now
    and together,
    share this land!

    All my love to my African American brothers and sisters!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Wow, I had no idea. Great post, Jenny.

  5. marty says:

    Jenny? Did you check out Sandra Lee like I told ya?

    • Jenny says:

      I recorded it to watch this week – I’ll report back.

    • Jenny says:

      I watched the show and it was visually well done but not as healthy as I expected. But this is coming from someone who cooks mostly from scratch and avoids packaged foods. By the title, I expected to see shorts cuts but her recipes are not really easy to do – but they sure look pretty. I liked her kitchen!

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