Henry Sampson Jr Is the 1st African American to earn a Ph.D.in Nuclear Engineering in the US. Dr Sampson has won numerous awards in the Engineering. In addition to his work in Engineering Dr Sampson is a writer, film historian Independent Film Producer of African American Focused Presence Films. In 1971 Dr Sampson was awarded the patent of the Gamma Electric Cell (which is the technology used for the Cellular Phone). #blackhistory #blackinventions
Today, October 12th, we celebrate the life and times of Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997); an African American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.
African American women have written their own life experiences as biographers; some have been novelists, poets, journalists, playwrights, essayists, social commentators and feminist theorists. Meet more than 20 such women here.
Award-winning author Ann Petry was the first African American woman writer to attain best seller status in the United States. Though her writings were based in Harlem, Petry’s books were considered part of the Chicago Renaissance. Her themes often surrounded black urban life as a site of hopelessness. Petry’s first and most powerful novel, “The Street” won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, with book sales topping a million copies.