African America Inventions – Contributions Made To America
Anytime there is a month or day designated to people, places, or things, it's a time to celebrate contributions and culture or bring about awareness and memorialize moments in history. America is extremely diverse, which is why there is a Heritage Month throughout the year to recognize and learn about the beautiful and unique cultures that make this country so great.
For a complete Heritage Month schedule of events and more information about the legacies and contributions of the diverse communities that have helped to shape this great nation click, HERE. Future Heritage Month events are as follows:
March: Women's History Month
April: Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month
May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
June: Pride Month
September: Latinx Heritage Month (Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean)
October: LGBTQ+ History Month
November: Native American Heritage Month
February of course is Black History Month. One thing I like to highlight each year is the tremendous contributions African American inventors have made to America and the world. For a complete list of Black inventions, click HERE. These inventions impact our daily lives and are evidence that all of us possess a gift to share with the world.
Chess - Africa
In Ancient Egypt, board games were part of religious life, symbolizing the struggle between good and evil and rebirth or resurrection. African games known as Mancala or Wari are the oldest, dating back to around 5000 BC. However, the most popular game was Senat, now known as Chess. Paintings on the walls in the tomb Queen Nefertiti, wife of Ramses II (1304-1237 BC) show her playing Senat. Board games Senat, Mancala, and four others were discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen (1348-1339 BC) The British Museum houses a primitive Egyptian board game of checkers from 1000 BC, along with four other board games found carved in the roof tiles of an Egyptian temple that date back to 1400 and 1300 BC.