Leading edge inventors

WASHINGTON — From voice texting to cardiac stents to radio frequency chips to boosting the volume on cell phones and hearing aids, African-American inventors are on the leading edge of technology for the next century.

On the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we’ll see how their long-held dreams have become tangible products and companies at INNOVATION & EQUITY: Spurring Manufacturing Through Innovation in Black Communities, the 11th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology Symposium.

Since 1999, the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology has dispelled the stereotype that African-Americans are not involved in cutting edge industries.  The annual report Silicon Ceiling documents 600,000 blacks working in those fields and 1,000 annually receiving patents.

INNOVATION & EQUITY takes place in the historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. in Washington, D.C.  on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 beginning at 8 a.m.  with a meditation at the adjacent Black Civil War Memorial.   For registration, visit http://www.souloftechnology.com