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Innovators

Oscar Micheaux: First to put black films on the silver screen

by Kai Ryssdal and Millie Jefferson Feb 28, 2014
Micheaux incorporated African Americans from casting to funding to production
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Innovators

Maggie Walker: Banking and civil rights

by Nick van der Kolk Feb 27, 2014
Walker was a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader.
Innovators

Jackie Ormes: The first female African American cartoonist

by Nancy Goldstein Feb 26, 2014
Jackie Ormes used cartoons to talk about the social and environmental issues that mattered to the black community. So why has she been forgotten?
Innovators

Thomas Jennings perfected dry cleaning as he pushed for abolition

by Dan Bobkoff Feb 25, 2014
Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a U.S. patent, 44 years before slavery ended.
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Love the ice cream truck? Thank inventor Fred Jones

by Lewis Wallace Feb 21, 2014
After Fred Jones lost a truckload of overheated chickens, he invented the refrigerated truck. Jones was self-taught, but took out 60 patents in his lifetime.
Thermo King co-founder Fred Jones at age 55. This photo accompanied a profile on Jones in the Saturday Evening Post with the headline, "Born Handy."
Courtesy of the Refrigeration Research Museum