Groundbreaking Book Cites Thousands of Inventions By People of Color



Brooklyn, NY (January 2, 2012) — Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success, highlights the work of Black inventors from over seventy countries. The author, Keith C. Holmes, has spent more than twenty years researching Black inventors from countries that include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, St. Vincent, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States. Without inventions, innovations, financial resources, materials, muscle and labor saving devices, civilizations cannot exist and flourish.

This book documents a number of inventions, patents and labor saving devices conceived by Black inventors. Among many other inventions, pre-enslaved Africans, developed agricultural tools, building materials, medicinal herbs, cloth and weapons. Although historical documents emphasize that millions of Black people arrived in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the United States under slavery’s yoke, it is relatively unknown that thousands of Africans and their descendants developed numerous labor-saving devices and inventions that spawned companies which generated money and jobs, worldwide. While most authors focus primarily on American and European inventors, Keith Holmes introduces inventions, both past and present, that Black people, developed and patented globally and multiculturally.

Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success, also features early Black inventors from virtually every state in the US. It includes details about the first Black inventor who obtained a patent in both the Caribbean and the United States. To date, seventeen African American men have been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Two inventors, Jan E, Matzeliger, (Suriname) and Elijah McCoy, (Colchester, Canada) were not born in this country.

Recently, Dr. Patricia Bath, an African American woman, was nominated but not inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Providing a comprehensive view of their ground-breaking achievements, Mr. Holmes documents the creativity of Black women inventors from the African diaspora.

The material available in this book, one of the first to address the diversity of black inventors and their inventions from a global perspective, effectively gives the reader, researcher, librarian, student, and teacher the materials they need to understand that the Black inventor is not only a national phenomenon, but also a global giant.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9799573-0-7, ISBN-10: 097-9957303, Description:179p; Maps:21 cm Retail price: $15.00 USD.

Keith Holmes’ research has now identified over fifteen thousand inventions and trademarks attributed to inventors of color, spanning a period from 1769 – 2011. His first publication Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success can be purchased directly online at or from a number of book distributors and bookstores. Mr. Holmes is available for book signings and speaking engagements.

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