Black Lives Matter: Their Inventions Increases America’s Quality of Life

Black lives matter is part of history, not a political lightning rod

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There is a lot of controversy around the term “Black Lives Matter.” More often than not, it brings to mind negative images of angry black people marching and making a lot of noise demanding fair treatment, equality, and denouncing police brutality.

Unfortunately, the media, political pundits, right-winged extremists, and racists help promote this myth about what the Black Lives Matter movement is all about.

The Black Lives Matter movement is so much more than what the media depicts and the negative message portrayed by those who are fearful of what the rise and influence of Black people mean to the maintenance of their power.

Efforts to minimalize Black people aren’t working. We will rise despite the efforts to keep us in a place that has too long been defined, formed, and perpetuated by white people.

Without Black lives, America would not the country it is today. In fact, the quality of life would be greatly different and much less convenient in so many ways.

The innovations and inventions of Black Americans are on the public record and show black contributions abound and have made America great.

America does not have to be made great again. It only needs to become greater. It cannot and will not become greater without full involvement in every echelon of American society, which is inclusive and includes every race and culture.

The following is why Black Lives Matter and why they should be embraced so that All Lives Matter for the good of everyone.

Without These Black Lives and Their Inventions, America Would Not Be As Great As It Is.

Clothes Dry Cleaning Process

Thomas L. Jennings, a Black tailor, and businessman in New York City became the first black person to obtain a U.S. Patent when he invented a process for dry cleaning clothes. The process was known as “dry-scouring.”

This process was the precursor for the dry cleaning industry as we know it now. This Black life mattered and America benefits from it because of the foundation it laid for dry cleaning the clothes we enjoy wearing today.

The Ironing Board

Sarah Boone, a Black female inventor, filed for a patent in 1892 and made improvements on the ironing board that had already been created and patented by Elijah McCoy in 1874, a Black inventor as well.

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Her invention created a more narrow and curved board, which allowed for easier ironing of garments, particularly women’s clothes.

Modern ironing board designs are made from her patented origins.

Whenever you iron your clothes you are benefiting and enjoying a convenience from a Black life that mattered.

Whenever you travel and stay in a hotel or motel they all usually have an ironing board and iron in the room.

Thank Sarah Boone, Black American, and contributor to America’s greatness for the convenience we all take for granted.

Central Heating Furnace

Alice H. Parker, a Black female, invented the first functional central heating furnace in 1919.

The invention used natural gas as a supply to distribute heated air throughout homes instead of fireplaces which only heated one room and were dangerous during the night when unattended, yet kept going for heat purposes.

Her invention allowed a central control and manipulation of how the heat could be distributed throughout the house.

Homes today use forced-air heating systems modeled from her invention.

Winters are very cold and bleak in most of America during the winter months, yet because of the basis of Ms. Parker’s invention, people are kept warm and safe.

This Black life mattered and homes across America are comfortable when it’s freezing outside even with subzero temperatures.

The Mailbox

Phillip B. Downing — The next time you access your mailbox to get your mail know that a Black life that mattered invented the street letter box which became the mailbox that we retrieve our mail from daily after the U.S. Service has deposited it in millions of homes across America.

Philip B. Downing Letter Box patent — Public domain patent and Public domain photo by Petr Kratochvil

Public domain patent and Public domain photo by Petr Kratochvil

In 1891, Philip B. Downing invented the “street letterbox,” which became the predecessor for the mailboxes we use today.

Before his invention, people had to trudge to the post office daily to get their mail. The invention, which was designed such that the mail was secure and protected from inclement weather is still used in much the same way it was originally designed by Mr. Downing.

This is a result of a Black life mattering and contributing to the building, supporting, and sustaining of America’s most relied-on method of communication, the U.S. Mail.

Charles Drew Inventor of Blood Plasma

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Dr. Charles Drew was a Black physician who excelled in the medical field. Because of his pioneering work in creating blood plasma, thousands of people’s lives were saved before and during World Word II based on the ability to preserve blood longer without it deteriorating.

He became the first director of the American Red Cross Blood Bank in New York and helped pioneer the Red Cross which is known around the world for its lifesaving work.

His inventive work in blood plasma is still used to save countless lives today.

This a prime example of a Black life that matters and in turn has saved millions of “all lives” that matter.


The examples in this article are just a small sample of the hundreds of life-changing contributions that Black lives have made in America and around the globe.

Black lives matter. The concept and movement are not about politics or radical actions of “angry black people” rioting, demonstrating and allegedly bent only on destruction.

Black lives matter because they have contributed greatly to the betterment of America and all that it stands for and continue to do so. The “Black Lives Matter” movement is a statement and a demand that black lives not be ignored, pushed to the side, marginalized, and shut up.

They are too much a part of the fabric of America to ignore and the country cannot be great without them.

At no time has the Black Lives Matter movement denounced or espoused that other lives don’t matter. On the contrary, it is a reaction to not being recognized and treated as part of the “All Lives Matter” eco-system which is the human race.

All lives will be blessed and blended for the healing of our nation whenever America wakes up and embraces the fact that our ancestors may have come to America on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.



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