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February is Black History Month
Part of MentorNet's mission is to cultivate the success of African-Americans in STEM fields, bringing them into our e-mentoring community. This February, in honor of Black History Month, we remind you of some of the more interesting, if sometimes forgotten facts, about some African-American engineers, educators and scientists.
· Everyone knows that George Washington Carver's (1861 - 1943) work with peanuts, soybeans and potatoes revolutionized agricultural science, but many don't know he turn down an unheard of salary of $100,000 from Ford in the early 1900s.
· Marie Brown (1922 - 1999) invented the closed circuit television security system. The system included a motorized camera which could slide up and down peeping through a set of 4 peep holes. Images which the camera captured were shown on a monitor. She got the patent in 1969.
· Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) saw education as the missing link for African-American economic security. Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute became a monument to his life's work. At his death 34 years later, it had more than 100 well-equipped buildings, some 1,500 students, a faculty of nearly 200 teaching 38 trades and professions, and an endowment of approximately $2,000,000.