Frederick McKinley Jones invented a cooling unit used in Army trucks to transport food, medicine and blood during WWII. Jones is credited with launching the refrigerated trucking industry.
As a 62-year-old African American mother and grandmother, I am embarrassed — and should be ashamed to admit but am not — that I still have much to learn about black history, especially when it comes to the contributions of specific black women and men to the advancement of our nation.
I was born at the height of the Civil Rights Era and I am old enough to remember Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon. I watched on TV as he said, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”