5. The Better, Improved Lightbulb
AFRICANGLOBE – They changed the course of agriculture, saved millions of lives around the world, introduced the improved light bulb, and some even became millionaires. Yes, we’re talking about black inventors who changed the world. Yet most people don’t know who they are or what they invented.
The Black Inventor Online Museum contains a ton of information about black inventions. The list tracks such inventions from as much as 300 years ago. Here are just 5:
The Better, Improved Lightbulb: Lewis Latimer was born in 1848 in Massachusetts, and is considered one of the most important top 10 inventors of all time. Thomas Edison may have invented the first light bulb, but Latimer made it better, longer-lasting, less expensive and more efficient. It was Latimer’s improved light bulb that made it possible for electric lighting to be installed in homes and throughout streets.