Whittier Book of the Week


Book of the Week - Otis shared by Mr. OhEithir

February 21, 2021
Whittier Weekly Newsletter 2.21.2021

Just in case you missed the Whittier Weekly Newsletter.

February is Black and African American History Month

America has always been known for creativity and innovation, inventors and developers. There is one group though that has been mostly ignored throughout history; enslaved black inventors.

Many slave owners frequently took credit for their slaves’ inventions and freed slaves often had to partner with whites to have inventions recognized. In the 19th century, patents were rarely given to black inventors, although some were successful. The first black patent holder was Thomas Jennings who invented dry cleaning in 1821. Norbert Rillieux and Elijah McCoy were two other inventors that obtained patents.

Today we recognize many Black Americans for their contributions and inventions that are used widely in our society.

Lonnie Johnson, an aerospace engineer, invented the super-soaker gun and the Johnson thermoelectric energy converter; Dr. Shirley Jackson developed the touch-tone telephone, fiber optic cable and caller ID; Louis Latimer invented the carbon filament for light bulbs; Marie Ban Britton Brown the closed circuit security television; Otis Boykin invented the pace-maker and IBM computer; Charles Drew worked to create the first large scale blood bank; Marion Croak developed the Voice Over Internet Protocol, holds more than 135 patents and has 100 others under review; and Lisa Celobter created Internet GIFs. Now, Bishop Curry V, a 10 year old black inventor has applied for a patent for his device that could prevent accidental deaths of children left in hot cars.

All of these inventors, and many others have made important contributions and improved our quality of life.

Missed Previous Books of the Week? See below...

2.14.2021 Maybe Something Beautiful

Guest Reader: Mrs. Lewis

2.7.2021 Alphabreaths

Guest Reader: Mrs. Reese

12.20.2020 The Snowy Day

Guest Reader: Mrs. Leatherman

12.20.2020 A Home for the Winter

Guest Reader: Mrs. Foreman

12.13.2020 The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Shared by Mr. OhEithir, Principal

12.6.2020 P is for Pterodactyl

Shared by Mr. OhEithir

11.15.2020 Interrupting Chicken

Guest Reader: Ms. Dattoli

11.08.2020 The Good Egg

Guest Reader: Mr. OhEithir

10.4.2020 One

Guest Reader: Mrs. Hicks

9.27.2020 Peanut Butter and Cupcake

Guest Reader: Mr. Migdal

9.13.2020 Perfect Square

Host: Mr. OhEithir

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