Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Other Black History

Otis Boykin

So, this month I have started another section that I'll refer to as "The Other Black History". I grew up in predominantly all White schools and I was taught mostly about the big name Black figures. Im not sure if that was the case for all children but it was for me. What I've come to learn in my adult years is that our contribution to this world goes way beyond just MLK, and the civil rights leaders. Dont get me wrong, I am thankful every day for what they have done, but our children (Black, White, all of them) need to know that there are other heroes who are Black who helped to make our world better, or a little easier to live in. So, today's selection is Mr. Otis Boykin. If you watch tv, listen to your radio, use a computer (I think thats all of us) you should appreciate his contribution to all history!

Mr. Otis nvented an improved electrical resistor used in computers - radios - television sets and a variety of electronic devices. Boykin's resistor helped reduce the cost of those products. Otis Boykin also invented a variable resistor used in guided missile parts, a control unit for heart stimulators, a burglar-proof cash register and a chemical air filter.

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