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Influential Black Leaders | Black History 365

  • Influential Black Leaders - Garrett Morgan

    Influential Black Leaders - Garrett Morgan

    Influential Black Leaders-Garrett Morgan   Garrett Morgan blazed a trail for African American inventors with his patents, including those for a hair-straightening product, a breathing device, a revamped sewing machine and an improved traffic signal.Who Was Garrett Morgan?With only an...

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  • Influential Black Leaders - Runoko Rashidi

    Influential Black Leaders - Runoko Rashidi

    Runoko Rashidi is an anthropologist and historian with a major focus on what he calls the Global African Presence–that is, Africans outside of Africa before and after enslavement.  He is the author or editor of eighteen books, the most recent of...

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  • Influential Black Leaders - Rev. Dr. Rodney C. Walker

    Influential Black Leaders - Rev. Dr. Rodney C. Walker

    As the director of youth and family services for TASC, the Rev. Dr. Rodney C. Walker is responsible for TASC programs that help stop intergenerational cycles of trauma and justice system involvement.  Among the TASC programs under his leadership are juvenile justice...

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Black Inventors - Black History Everyday

  • Black Inventor - Alice H. Parker

    Black Inventor - Alice H. Parker

    Alice H. Parker was an African American inventor famous for her patented system of central heating using natural gas. In the 1920s using natural gas to power a heating furnace was a revolutionary idea that conserved energy and paved the way for...

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  • Black Inventor - Soni Oyekan

    Black Inventor - Soni Oyekan

    Dr. Soni O. Oyekan is the President and CEO of Prafis Energy Solutions, and a world-renowned expert in oil and gas, and oil refining.  Soni graduated from Yale University in 1970 with a BS degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences. ...

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  • Black Inventor - Alexander Miles

    Black Inventor - Alexander Miles

    Born near Circleville, Ohio to Michael Miles and Mary Pompy, Alexander Miles is the 19th Century African-American inventor known best for patenting his design for improving the automatically opening and closing elevator doors.  The patent was issued on October 11, 1887 (U.S. Patent 371,207)....

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