Women’s History Month: A Salute to Marie Van Brittan Brown

  Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922 – February 2, 1999) invented the home security system (patent number 3,482,03 Albert Brown. The patent was granted in 1969. Brown was born in Queens, New York; she died there at age 76. Brown's system had a set of 4 peep holes and a camera that could …

Women’s History Month: A Salute to Diane Nash

Diane Judith Nash was born on May 15, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to Leon Nash and Dorothy Bolton Nash.  Nash grew up a Roman Catholic and attended parochial and public schools in Chicago.  In 1956, she graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois and began her college career at Howard University in Washington, …

Women’s History Month: A Salute to African-American Female Trailblazers

Well wouldn't luck have it! March is National Women's History Month, which means I can continue my series that I started last month for Black History Month. During the month of March, I'll be continuing my highlights of African-American women who were bold and were not afraid to push the limits. This is exciting for …

Black History Month: A Salute to Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born to enslaved parents in Dorchester County, Maryland, and originally named Araminta Harriet Ross. Her mother, Harriet “Rit” Green, was owned by Mary Pattison Brodess. Her father, Ben Ross, was owned by Anthony Thompson, who eventually married Mary Brodess. Araminta, or “Minty,” was one of nine children born to Rit and Ben …

Black History Month: A Salute to Sarah Boone

Born in the Deep South—in Summit, Pike County, Mississippi—in 1832, Sarah Boone made her name by inventing the ironing board. Boone was a rarity during her time, a female African-American inventor. In her patent application, she wrote that the purpose of her invention was "to produce a cheap, simple, convenient and highly effective device, particularly …

Black History Month: A Salute to Zora Neale Hurston

Born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, writer Zora Neale Hurston created several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. She was also an outstanding folklorist and anthropologist who worked to record the stories and tales of many cultures, including her own African-American heritage. Her birthplace has been the …