Most of us remember keeping cool in the summer with massive water guns. They were a fun relief in our childhood years. We can thank Lonnie Johnson for this, but his best-known invention doesn't even touch his scientific genius.
Following in his idol's footsteps, Johnson set off to Tuskegee University, where he studied to become a nuclear engineer. Though in a different field of study, Johnson modeled his time at the HBCU after Carver, seeking a meaningful career with the Air Force. But that wasn't enough.
Lonnie Johnson's dedication to science came from the genius of Black scientists before him. His passion and contributions have helped protect our country and environment. This is why it’s crucial for us to know our history and to continue to inspire one another to greatness.