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Great Black Innovators Great Black Innovators

Who invented the traffic light? Who was the first self-made millionaire businesswoman in the U.S.? And who was "the real McCoy" - inventor of an automatic lubricator? All of these people were great innovators, and all were African American. African Americans have contributed in thousands of ways to American life and society. And yet, many of their achievements, especially in the fields of business, science, and engineering, have been ignored or claimed by someone else.

This enlightening program uses narration, reenactments, still images, and an in-depth interview with James Michael Brodie, author of Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators, to explore the fascinating stories of important black innovators whose works have made significant contributions to American life and society.

Teacher's guide includes script, learning objectives, reproducible activities, and bibliography.

Published by Knowledge Unlimited, 1994, 32 min., Grades 5 and up, Teacher's guide available online, ISBN 1-55933-176-3

DVD ... 5498DVD ... $59.95



REVIEWS
  • 4 stars — This video is an essential purchase for school libraries. Higher education institutions would benefit from its purchase as well. A place should be found in public library collections for this video, because it introduces a much-neglected part of American history. — Video Rating Guide for Libraries
  • A well-organized video presentation suitable for use in classrooms, libraries, resource centers and family centers. Recommended for all ages. - MultiCultural Review
  • A fine mix of stills, including pans of historic photographs, portraits, documents, and design prints, as well as simple, brief reenactments constitute this stellar chronology. . . . An excellent resource for students. - Booklist
  • 3 stars - Recommended - Video Librarian

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