- A 19th-century legend named Isaac R. Johnson invented and patented the revolutionized bicycle
- He was not the very first to come up with the idea of bicycles but his improved version made the bikes more flexible and are similar to what is used today
- It was hard to get a patent as a Black person at the time but Johnson succeeded in this challenge and successfully patented the bicycle frame on October 10, 1899
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Isaac R. Johnson, a Black man who was born in New York around 1812 was the person who invented and patented the bicycle.
A report by Urbanintellectuals.com indicates that it was a great challenge to patent an invention, especially in the late 1800s as a Black man.
It was against all odds that Isaac R. Johnson succeeded in this challenge and successfully patented the bicycle frame on October 10, 1899.
Reports indicate that he was not the very first person to try making the bicycle frame. Yet, he was the first Black man to invent and patent the bicycle frame which could be folded or taken apart for easy storage.
The version of the bicycle frame that Isaac Johnson made is strikingly similar to what is used in modern-day.
The bicycles used today have the same pattern but just do not fold up as Johnson’s version was a frame which could be folded and stored in small places and was often used while travelling.
A number of stories regarding the achievements of Black people have been told lately.
Just recently, it was reported that a Black woman from Detroit by name Annetta Powell who has been imprisoned for 24 months at the Alderson Federal Prison in West Virginia, known as 'Camp Cupcake' has made a huge comeback in the real estate industry since she was released in 2016.
Blackenterprise.com reports that her business in real estate started as far back as 2002 when the brilliant woman started making progress. She leveraged her industry knowledge, published her first real estate book, and started conducting training seminars in 2007.
Life took a U-turn for the passionate entrepreneur just the following year as she was investigated for real estate fraud and later indicted in 2011 for mortgage fraud.
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