Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of March 16:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Lewis Latimer
In ADDITION to being the African American responsible for the FIRST long-lasting carbon filament for light bulbs, Lewis Latimer ALSO:
- Co-patented an improved toilet system for railroad cars, “The Water Closet for Railroad Cars” (U.S. Patent #147,363)
- Worked as a draftsman and expert witness for the (Thomas) Edison Electric Light Company in patent litigation on electric lights
- Forged his age so he could enlist in the Union Army
- Served as chief draftsman for the Board of Patent Control
- Had other patents, including ones for the electric lamp, globe supporter for electric lamps, as well as an apparatus for cooling and disinfecting
Extra tidbits: Latimer was the ONLY Black in the 24-member “Edison’s Principles”, the engineering division of the Edison Company. He was also a founding member of the Flushing, NY Unitarian Church. P.S. 56 in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, was named after him. Latimer’s family home was converted into a museum in his honor.