Empower Magazine Salutes a History of Black Innovations and Inventors
In his new book “Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success,” author Keith C. Holmes has taken the torch ignited by African American patent examiner, Henry E. Baker, to research and write about Black innovators and inventors from a global prospective. Baker published “The Colored Inventor, A Record of Fifty Years,” in 1913, the first book to explore and cite the various inventions by people of color.
Taking the torch ignited by Mr. Baker, Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success covers Black innovators and inventors from a global prospective. It identifies Black inventors from Africa, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
About Keith Holmes
For thirty years, Mr. Holmes has worked in the satellite communications industry, and since 1977, he has used computers from main frames to personal computers. Mr. Holmes has spent considerable time researching information on Black inventors at the New York Patent Library, the Schomburg Library in New York and the Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center in Washington, DC. He has lectured in Barbados, California, Canada, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC, and is currently working on several projects about Black inventors. Mr. Holmes has spent over twenty years researching information on Black innovators and inventors from around the world.
A Small Peek Inside…
Cover design: by Thomas Feaster, Grahika Group, Inc.
A Black History Month Salute to Black Inventors