Today, is a day of great importance in our country, many see it as another holiday that closes the banks and schools. I see it a little differently, so in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the great advancements in technology brought to us by some very smart people. I have compiled a list of what I believe to be the top 5 technological advances by African Americans.
First on this list I think would have to be the man who allowed all of this to be possible. Frank Greene, He developed high speed computer systems in 1960 and also founded two companies. (Technology Development Corp and Zero One Systems Inc.)
Second, is some one that I believe made the communication that we use every single day completely possible… James E. West. Who invented the first Electric Microphone… we use his tech in cell phones and also in just about everything that transmits voice.
Third, is Gerald Lawson, He invented something that almost every person in America has used… the first video game console with interchangeable cartridges…. Oh, ya… bet you thought that it was some other guy for Nintendo, right??Nope… Your wrong.. (and so was I) .
Fourth, Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, She wanted to help young girls learn to code and since then she has. Black Girls Code was created in 2011.
Fifth, is a guy who essentially keeps us safe when we use electronics. Roy Clay Sr. who is the founder of Rod L Electronics. He also spent years with HP designing the companies first computers.
Thank you to all of these men and women for their hard work and making everything that I am doing possible.