One Invention at a Time

Childress, Diana
May 2004
Footsteps;May/Jun2004, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p15
Determined to achieve success, many black scientists have had to brave slavery, segregation, racism, and sexism. Profiled here are six men and women who are not as widely known as George Washington Carver or Mae Jemison, but whose contributions to science and technology greatly enhanced the lives of thousands. African American women practiced the healing arts from their earliest days in America. Nevertheless, medical schools in the U.S. did not admit African Americans or women until well into the 1800s. Rebecca Lee and Rebecca J. Cole challenged those barriers. As a young boy in Ohio, Charles Henry Turner loved bugs. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees in biology at the University of Cincinnati, he began teaching in black high schools and colleges in the South.


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