In Appreciation Of Minority Inventors / Educational Documentary Video
From Dreams to Reality - A Tribute to Minority Inventors (1986)
Narrated by Ossie Davis, this tribute to minority inventors touches upon many inventions that have contributed to American science, technology, and medicine. Motivates junior and senior high school students (minority) to take scientific and technical subjects as preparation for careers in science and technology.
Producer: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Alfred L. Cralle
It was while working in Pittsburgh as a porter that Cralle noticed that ice cream, which had become a popular confection, was difficult to dispense. It tended to stick to spoons and ladles, usually requiring use of two hands and at least two implements to serve. To overcome this, he invented a mechanical device now known as the ice cream scoop and applied for a patent.
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Michael Jackson speech in Harlem, New York. (sub ita)
Providing an overview of the lost sciences of Africa and of contributions that blacks have made to modern American science, Blacks in Science presents a range of new information from Africanists. The book also includes bibliographical guides that are crucial to further research and teaching.
The lineaments of a lost science are now emerging and we can glimpse some of the once buried reefs of this remarkable civilization. A lot more remains to be revealed. But enough has been found in the past few years to make it quite clear that the finest heart of the African world receded into the shadow while its broken bones were put on spectacular display. The image of the African, therefore, has been built up so far upon his lowest common denominator. In the new vision of the ancestor, we need to turn our eyes away from the periphery of the primitive to the more dynamic source of genius in the heartland of the African world. — Ivan Van Sertima