I don't know about you, but I want my home safe and secure, whether I'm home or not.  Like anyone, I'd want to know who did it, should my home or business ever be robbed.  Today we salute, African American inventor Marie V.Brittan Brown, is best know for her invention of the first "home security system".

There is little known about her early life other than the fact that she was born on October 30th, 1922 in Jamaica, Queens New York.  Obviously she was well educated.  However, that's pretty much it.  Marie had a fascinating idea that she brought life with the first version of home security.

Marie Brown applied for a patent along with her husband in 1966 and received it in 1969.  Her system had a set of four peep holes and a camera that could slide up and down to look out each one.  Anything the camera picked up would appear on a monitor.  An additional feature of Brown's invention was that a person also could unlock a door with a remote control.  She was given an Award for the National Scientists Committee (NSC)

Marie died on 2 February 1999 at the age of 76 in Queens. Brown got a good education.
In 1804 the New Jersey Legislature approved a law calling for "gradual" emancipation of African Americans. In so doing, New Jersey became the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.  February 15, 1848, Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston.  Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.  February 15, 1851 Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.  February 15, 1964 Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" recording becomes his first and only number one record.  February 15, 1965 Nat King Cole died at the age of 45 died in Santa Monica, California.  February 15, 1968 On this day Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.