San Bruno Patch readers showcased their knowledge of black history by submitting more than 20 entries for our contest this month about inventions created by African Americans that are used in everyday life.
The entries were really informative and showed that some of the most basic things we use on a daily basis are the products of some amazing American creators.
When you think about it, it's amazing that the first fully functioning clock was invented by an African American, Benjamin Banneker. The Super Soaker was created by Lonnie Johnson, an African American. Lyda D. Newman, a black woman, patented the first hairbrush. Sarah Boone, a black woman, invented a device that became the predecessor to the modern ironing board.
In all, at least 344 inventions have been created by African Americans. This shows that we all have something to contribute.
So now on to declaring the winner. With 12 entries, Maria Pia uploaded the most black inventions. As the winner, Maria will get two free tickets to see "Red Tails," the George Lucas-produced film about the Tuskegee Airmen—the first black fighter pilots—at Century at Tanforan.
I will email the winner to work out the details (make sure to check your email over the weekend).
Thanks for participating. And make sure to scroll through the photo gallery to see all of the entries.