Meet 11 African inventors who changed the world (photos)

Meet 11 African inventors who changed the world (photos)

Africans are often overlooked, but did you know that African Americans are some of the foremost inventors in the world?

It is true, and it is a great reason for Africans to be proud. Some of the most important inventions pioneered by African Americans include touch-tone telephones, blood banks and even personal computers.

Here we highlight 11 African American inventors whose inventions truly changed the world.

Say it loud: I am black and proud! Meet 11 African inventors who CHANGED the world (photos)

Thomas L. Jennings (1791-1859) invented the first form dry cleaning known as "dry scouring." This set the stage for dry cleaning as we know it today

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Say it loud: I am black and proud! Meet 11 African inventors who CHANGED the world (photos)

Mark E. Dean (born 1957) pioneered the invention of the original IBM personal computer and the ISA Bus interface that connects a computer to multiple devices like printers

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Say it loud: I am black and proud! Meet 11 African inventors who CHANGED the world (photos)

Madam C J Walker (1867-1919) is acknowledged as one of the earliest inventors of hair beauty products for African hair

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