ScienceWho could have imagined the transmission of the human voice from one end of the world to the other in a matter of seconds? Henry Sampson did. The modern cellular telephone can be attributed to him. His brilliant mind developed wireless technology.
African Americans are not strangers to medicine or science. Healing and creating cures have always been a part of their culture and history. From folk medicine, to medical doctors, African Americans have "made a way where there was no way." Dr. Moms have treated illnesses and ailments for thousands of years.
One of the first black owned hospitals emerged in Tennessee in 1915. It was founded and run by Emma Rochelle Wheeler. In 1925 another opened in New York City. African American physician, Ben Carson, MD, was the first to separate Siamese twins in 1987. Joycelyn Elders served as Surgeon General under the administration of former President, Bill Clinton.
African Americans also have numerous scientific accomplishments, patents and inventions. J.R. Winters invented the fire escape ladder in 1878. W.B. Purvis invented the hand stamp in 1883. Sarah Boone invented the ironing board in 1892. Marjorie Steward Joyner created a permanent waving machine for hairstyling in 1928. Percy Lavon Julian held 105 Patents of varying inventions. From the operating room to the science lab, the world cannot deny the their contributions to medicine and science.
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Mae C. JemisonOn September 12, Mae Jemison became the first African American women to travel into space for NASA aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
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