Illumination: Lewis Howard Latimer

Thank a Black Man Book 1

Illumination: Lewis Henry Latimer is a bio poem. Latimer, born in 1884 to runaway slaves, had very little formal education, yet during his lifetime he obtained numerous patents; and was renown worldwide. for his electrical lightning expertise.

  • Paperback
  • 978-0-9801061-9-0
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  • Hardcover
  • 978-1-941185-00-1
Children, Educational, African American inventors, Biography


The title of the book is befitting to the character of Darnell Hawkins, Sr. and my amazing friend Lisa Little. Two people just like Lewis Howard Latimer that illuminated so many lives, and will continue to keep the light burning today, tomorrow and forever. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl Richards, CTA, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
 Dallas Conven

Dr. Little's book from her "Thank A Black Man" series supplies an in-depth analysis of various aspects of the life of Lewis Howard Latimer. The construction of the book is well organized and lends itself successfully to the study of different time periods in history. This book is an excellent resource to students and educators.

Judith A. Cook, First Grade Teacher

“Illumination: Lewis Howard Latimer” from the Thank A Black Man Series, by Dr. Sylvia Hawkins Little, is a much needed series on the contributions of Black men to American history. The illustrations are beautiful. The book is an easy read for struggling readers. I look forward to adding this book to my collection.

Mary E. Kearse Ashford, Librarian, Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy, Austin

Dr. Sylvia Little's delightful and clever poem, Illumination tells the story of the African American inventor, Lewis Howard Latimer, whose invention helped to make the electric light bulb practical and made possible the electrification of cities around the world. This fun and upbeat biography includes important history of the struggles Latimer and his family overcame and why we should "Thank a Black Man."

Frank Schmitzer, Retired Librarian