Writing Prompt: Write About African American Inventors and their Inventions

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2013 is flying by! Today is the last Friday in February and our final History Friday writing prompt. Let’s go back in time to honor a little-known inventor from the mid 1800s, Joseph Lee, whom I fondly dub “the Bread Crumb Guy.” Joseph was a forward-thinking African American man who revolutionized the food industry with his invention of a machine that facilitated bread grinding. He is just one example of a prominent African American inventor. Your job is to research and write about an African American inventor of your choice.

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  • Step 1: Do basic Internet research on African American inventors. Pick one or two whose stories inspire you. Be prepared to paraphrase!
  • Step 2: There are many great stories of African Americans and their inventions. Don’t merely list the inventions in your writing. Elaborate! Pack your writing with clever details to enhance the story of the African American inventor. Determine whether those inventions are still in use today.
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Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.

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