Garrett Augustus Morgan
Businessman, Inventor, Good Citizen
About the Book
A biography of Morgan’s life, as well as the events occurring during his lifetime that influenced his choices and inventions, thus giving a fuller picture of the man and his times.
Section Headings include: Early Life, Growing Up, Moving On, A Changing Country, The Great Migration, First Stop Cincinnati, Then On To Cleveland, Ohio, A Business of His Own, Morgan’s Safety Hood, The Call, The Traffic Signal, Good Citizen, and Later Years.
Patent List, Awards and Citations List, Additional Resources (Books, Websites, Video), Bibliography and Index included.
About the Author
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. By the age of six months, I was making the first of many trips between Nigeria and America. In fact, by the time I was five, I had already traveled back and forth about three times. My elementary and middle school years were spent some years in America, and other years in Nigeria. I graduated from Walt Whitman High school in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. After university, I returned to Nigeria where I worked for a while at a major university, got married, and later moved back to America. I currently live in Ohio, USA. I come from a family of voracious readers. For as long as I can remember, my parents made sure that every home in which we lived, had a library stocked with “good reads.” The long months of the Nigerian rainy season (March to mid-October, with a month long break from the rain in August) would find me, my four sisters and one brother, each in our own bedroom happily reading all day. This, I must say, is one of my favorite memories. As a Nigerian-American, living in two different countries and cultures was a great way to grow up. It made me very interested in learning about different people and places, and respectful of people and their cultures and traditions. Even as a young person, I realized that when people are not informed, they can often develop wrong, or pre-conceived beliefs and attitudes about people and customs different from themselves. So, it is no surprise that the first book I wrote was about Nigeria, followed by books on South Africa andMadagascar. Then I took a long break from writing books, but continued writing articles and book reviews. In 2008, I wrote a biography about African-American inventor, Garrett Morgan, Garrett Augustus Morgan: Businessman, Inventor, Good Citizen, and in 2010 co-wrote a book with Virginia K. Schoelch, The Day The Library Didn’t Open, about Daylight Savings Time. Nowadays, I work as a children’s services associate at the Shaker Heights Public Library in Ohio, and because I love reading so much, I frequently review children’s and young adult/teen books and audiobooks for School Library Journal. And of course, I continue to write …. – Mary N. Oluonye