Women, Blacks and other minorities 

bonnie saundersMost of what people know about American innovators, inventors and politicians are about white men in those categories, yet American history is filled with minorities who have contributed greatly to the history and advancement of the country. 

At 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 18, historian Bonnie Saunders, Ph.D., will bring to life some of the remarkable people in science, medicine, technology and other fields whose contributions are not well-known. Her lecture will be based on the research she did for an eight-week course on innovators and inventors who were Black, white and immigrant women and men. 

Saunders earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Connecticut, with a primary focus on 20thcentury U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. The author of a book on the CIA overthrow of the government of Syria in 1957, she taught U.S. and western history in colleges in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

A member of the League of Women Voters for 51 years, she became active in the organization in Arizona when she moved here in 1998, serving several terms as president of the Northwest Maricopa County chapter and the League of Women Voters of Arizona.

Saunders is currently an adjunct history professor at Glendale Community College and teaches for the adult education programs at Rio Salado College in Surprise and in Sun City Grand.

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m. Saunders will be presenting live on a screen in the theater.


For more information:

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence by Lean'tin Bracks (2012)

14 African American Inventors to Remember

8 Groundbreaking Contributions by Asian Americans Through History

13 Things You Never Knew Were Invented by Hispanic People

9 Latin Amercan Innovators Shaking Up the Tech World