Did you know...

...that the first American woman to receive an international pilot's license was Bessie Coleman, an African-American?

...that the scientist who perfected the technology that makes blood transfusions possible was an African-American physician, Dr. Charles Drew? This accomplishment by Dr. Drew occurred just before World War II, and resulted in thousands of lives being saved by blood transfusions during the war.

...that Jaime Escalante, a Bolivian-born Hispanic-American teacher in the East Los Angeles schools achieved such remarkable success with low-income, inner-city Hispanic teenagers that the feature film "Stand and Deliver" was made about his success, illustrating the fallacy of underestimating the educational potential of any person?

...that the traffic light -- something we are accustomed to seeing every day -- was invented by Garrett Morgan, an African-American? 

...that Benjamin Banneker, an African-American, and an accomplished mathematician and astronomer, was a key person on the commission that designed Washington, D.C., considered one of the world's most beautifully planned cities?

...that Antonia Novello, appointed by President Bush in 1989 to be the Surgeon General of the United States, began life as a poor, sickly girl from a small town in Puerto Rico? 


These and thirty-two other inspiring concise biographies of outstanding African-American and Hispanic-American men and women who overcame adversity and racial discrimination to make notable contributions to human progress are included in the new TRAC Diversity Insights text reconstruction software series - available in the TRAC-based interactive software format from New Intelligence Inc.