I love history and I love expanding knowledge. I always read what is recommended to me and Discover Black advised that I read this book and I was surprised.
Simply put this book is a reference book that details what African Americans have done historically in this world. This is not your common Martin Luther King, Madame C J Walker, or Nat Turner reference book; this book is pages on top of pages of African Americans who are not commonly known to average citizen. This is what I really appreciated about this book. It told information that I didn’t know.
For instance, have you ever heard of Frederick McKinley Jones (1892-1961)? Did you know he invented 16 items that are used today such as the ticket dispensing machine but most importantly the air conditioning unit? Who off the street would know that information?
What I also love about this book is most of all is it makes reference to the fact that these inventions/discoveries are still used today when they were found/created over 70 years ago. The relevance is important in any and all reference books and I believe this book did a really good job of it.
My only qualms about this book . . . the pictures weren’t in color. LOL
Overall this book (yes it will be rated even though it is a reference book) gets a 9 out of 10. It was extremely informative. Perfect for research papers or just a expansion of knowledge. It wasn’t long and dragged out; it got to the point and provided patent numbers with dates. Book is completely filled with knowledge.
What does Discover Black consist of? And why is this movement even needed?
DiscoverBlack is a social initiative to re-establish Black American culture and history in our every day society. There are thousands of ideas, arts, businesses and inventions that were started by Americans of African descent that remain untold, unheard of or even ignored. As we go further into the new digitally social age, it’s important that the stories of visionaries, entrepreneurs, inventors and idealists are finally woven into the American social narrative and never hidden or forgotten.
If there are already outlets such as libraries (ha), the internet and even some highly knowledgeable professors with books, why is there a need for the Discover Black movement?
DiscoverBlack purpose is to create a universal hub or one central destination of all things related to Black American Culture. That is why there is a need. No longer will you have to search hundreds of sources for information on Black American culture. From the arts, music, movies, literature, poetry, inventions, history, spirituality, and more, our mission is to bring a stronger awareness to all, inspiring a new generation of thinkers, idealist, entrepreneurs, and culture enthusiasts.
How exactly are you going to get the information to those who need it?
We are currently building one of the most interactive websites for Black American culture at www.discoverblack.net. This will be the primary destination for visitors to check us out. We are also available on social media at Facebook @ DiscoverBlack and Twitter @discover-black or search #discoverblack and follow us online. Although DiscoverBlack was born online, we plan to spread our voice across the world through a number of special events and sponsorships.
What kind of change are you expecting with Discover Black?
As I mentioned, DiscoverBlack is a social initiative. Our plan is to inject Black American culture back into communities to inspire the next generation of leaders and thinkers of the world, regardless of race and gender. We believe there should always be a connection between the past and the present to make a better way for the future.
Finally, what literature do you recommend to promote black history?
The list is endless! But off the top you have Black Reconstruction by W.E.B DuBois, The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, and our recent find Great Discoveries and Inventions by African Americans by David M Foy. This book is a gem! Its perfectly written for children and young adults with stories of Black American inventors who many have never heard of but have invented some of the most widely-used products we use today. We’ve been telling every parent and teacher about that one!
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