Spotlight on Black Inventors

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Spotlight on Black Inventors

Learn fun facts and participate in activities and experiments inspired by the creations of Black inventors!  

Join us for this special program, "Spotlight on Black Inventors," on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m. The program and activities are appropriate for ages 5 and older.  

Explore and learn even more with these titles from DC Public Library: 

Cover of What Color is My World?What Color is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld.  

This is the book that inspired this program! Abdul-Jabbar uses a fictional framing story about two siblings helping their family's mysterious carpenter to renovate their house to reveal a lot of great facts about some very real inventors.

From the creator of the potato chip to the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun and many more, the profiles in this book are eye-opening.

The illustrations are kid-friendly and really make the subject come alive. 

Cover of African American InventorsAfrican American Inventors
by Otha Sullivan
This title is part of the well-regarded Black Stars series, edited by children's author and scholar Jim Haskins.

It covers a variety of inventors from the early 1800s to the 1990s, in a clear format that is suitable for both recreational reading and school reports.

Sidebars enclosed in a box add greater depth to the inventors' stories.