If you've turned on your lights, navigated traffic, played video games, or had a great water gun fight in your lifetime, you have these black engineers and inventors to thank. Design News is celebrating Black History Month with a look at some of history's great black inventors and the technologies they created and helped develop -- many that we use every day and take for granted.
If you'd like to read more about great black inventors and engineers check out: 10 of the Most Important Black Woman Engineers.
Click through above to see some of the great black inventors that you may not have known were responsible for some of our most innovative technologies.
(shown above: Light bulb with a carbon filament patented by Lewis Latimer, Image source: Wikimedia Commons)