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One day a little boy named Theo asked his mother,
"Mom, what if there were no Black people in the
world?" Well, his mother thought about that for a
moment, and then said, "Son, follow me around
today and let's just see what it would be like if
there were no Black people in the world." Mom
said, "Now go get dressed, and we will get started."
Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and
shoes. His mother took one look at him and said,
"Theo, where are your shoes? And those clothes
all wrinkled, son. I must iron them." However,
when she reached for the ironing board, it was
no longer there.

You see Sarah Boone, a black woman, invented
the ironing board, and Jan E. Matzelinger, a
black man, invented the shoe lasting machine.

"Oh well," she said, "please go and do something
to your hair." Theo ran in his room to comb his
hair, but the comb was not there. You see, Walter
Sammons, a black man, invented the comb.

Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush
was gone. You see Lydia O. Newman, a black
female, invented the brush.

Well, this was a sight: no shoes, wrinkled clothes,
hair a mess. Even Mom's hair, without the hair care
inventions of Madam C. Walker, well, you get the
picture.




Without Black People
 

Mom told Theo, "Let's do our chores around
the house and then take a trip to the grocery
store." Theo's job was to sweep the floor. He
swept and swept and swept. When he
reached for the dustpan, it was not there. You
see, Lloyd P. Ray, a black man, invented the
dustpan.

So he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner
and left it there. He then decided to mop the
floor, but the mop was gone. You see,
Thomas W. Stewart, a black man, invented the
mop. Theo yelled to his Mom, "Mom, I'm not
having any luck."

"Well, son," she said, "Let me finish washing
these clothes, and we will prepare a list for the
grocery store." When the wash finished, she
went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it
was not there. You see, George T. Samon, a
black man, invented the clothes dryer.

Check back Periodically for the adventures
of Theo
and his mom !


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Mom asked Theo to go get a pencil and some paper
to prepare their list for the market. So, Theo ran for
the paper and pencil but noticed the pencil lead was
broken. Well, he was out of luck because John Love,
a black man, invented the pencil sharpener.

Mom reached for a pen, but it was not there because
William Purvis, a black man, invented the fountain
pen.

As a matter of fact, Lee Burridge invented the
typewriting machine and W. A. Lovette the advanced
printing press. Theo and his mother decided just to
head out to the market.

Well, when Theo opened the door, he noticed the
grass was as high as he was tall. You see, John
Burr, a black man, invented the lawn mower. They
made their way over to the car and found that it just
wouldn't go. You see, Richard Spikes, a black man,
invented the automatic gearshift, and Joseph
Gammel invented the supercharge system for
internal combustion engines. They also noticed that
the few cars that were moving were running into each
other and having wrecks because there were no
traffic signals. You see, Garrett A. Morgan, a black
man invented the traffic light.