You know what they say, when it rains it pours and it's a scary thing if you gotta drive in it without windshield wipers. Once again, another black invention makes our lives a lot easier and safer. Mrs. Mary Anderson, invented the windshield wiper.
Today we salute a black inventor who was really ahead of his time. One of his inventions is used by billions of people every minute of the day. In fact, it would be absolute total chaos without it and driving would be near impossible.
Hopefully you'll never need one, but if there ever comes a time that you might have to get a pacemaker, you can thank black inventor Otis Boykin for inventing the control unit that runs it. If you have one, I'm sure your thanking him already.
Today, we solute shoe making machine inventor Jan Ernst Matzeliger. Jan was born in Paramaribo, a trading post started by the Dutch, the capital and largest city of Suriname. His father was a Dutch engineer and his mother a black Surinamese slave.