African American History
In spite of what’s being projected in the media today, African Americans have contributed to the growth of this country in hundreds, if not thousands of ways. In honor of these great men and women, R.A.R.E. Youth has published this page to display the contributions our people have made. Many of them studied the Holy Bible and they drew upon God’s word for strength, wisdom and guidance.
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James Edward Maceo West Born February 10, 1931, in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia) is an American inventor and acoustician. He holds over 250 foreign and U.S. patents for the production and design of microphones and techniques for creating polymer foil-electrets. Along with Gerhard Sessler, West developed the foil electret microphone in 1962 while developing instruments for human hearing research. Compared to the previous condenser microphones, the
Patricia Era Bath Born November 4, 1942, in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, she is an American ophthalmologist, inventor, and academic. She has broken ground for women and African Americans in a number of areas. Prior to Bath, no woman had served on the staff of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, headed a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, or been elected to
Janet Emerson Bashen An American inventor, entrepreneur, and business consultant. She patented a software program to assist with web-based equal employment opportunity investigations. She founded a human resource consulting firm focusing on equal opportunity employment compliance, which investigated civil rights violations and employee misconduct. In May 2000, she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives that civil rights and employee misconduct investigations should be exempt from the Fair
Kerrie Lamont Holley was born in September 7, 1954. Heis an American software architect, author, researcher, consultant, and Inventor and UnitedHealth Group, and Optum Technology’s first Technical Fellow. Holley is a retired IBM Fellow. Holley served as Vice President and CTO at Cisco responsible for their analytics and automation platform. Holley is known internationally for his innovative work in architecture and software
Lonnie Johnson was born October 6, 1949. He is an African American inventor who has 80 patents. One of his best-known inventions is the Super Soaker. The Super Soaker has ranked among the top 20 in toy sales since it came to the market. When he was a child he tore his sister’s doll up trying