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. His research documents inventors of color from over seventy countries, including 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. Holmes’s research has cited the first African-American, Henry E. Baker, a United States Naval attendee and Patent Examiner who documented hundreds of inventions by Black inventors.
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, clothes 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 Although historical documents emphasize that millions of Black people arrived in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the United States under slavery’s yoke, it is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