What Being Without Electricity for 44 Hours Straight Taught Me about Lewis Howard Latimer

Unsung Black History Maker # 6, Inventor, Draftsman, Poet, and More

Carla D. Wilson Laskey
8 min readFeb 24, 2021


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One never knows what effect being without electricity during a winter storm will have on the brain. Nor what opportunity it will provide for you to learn something you’ve never known. But now I do.

You see, I live in Texas. And if you’ve watched the news in the last week. Then you know many parts of the state were recently hit with one of those, not in the last “I don’t know how many years ago” type winter storms.

Katy, the city where I live, is one of those parts. At the time I was writing this, our electricity had just been turned back on the night before at 10PM after a long, cold, grueling 44-hour absence.

Thankfully, we have a fireplace and a gas stove. So, during the two days we were without electricity. We were able to huddle around the fire to stay warm. As well as light up the stove to cook our daily rations. It was kinda’ like an unofficial camping trip inside our home. We only needed to retreat to our cars to charge our various cellular devices. Ahem.

But what does all of this have to do with Lewis Howard Latimer and who is he anyway?

Just bear with me. I felt it necessary to set up the context for you and I’m just about done.

Anyway, this morning when I woke up in my cozy warm bedroom. I did 4 things.

  1. I kissed my husband and bid him off to work with my daily “Have a great day” love smooch.

2. I gave thanks for having made it through what I hoped would be the end of the “gawdawful” rolling electricity outages.

3. I laid in my bed nuzzled under the covers just appreciating the warmth for several minutes. Or maybe an hour. Don’t judge me. Remember I’d been without electricity for 44 hours.

4. I started to think about my own work and what I would write about today.

I then quickly grabbed my phone from my desk/nightstand. And after realizing I had regained temporary internet access. I began my workday right there in my office/warm cozy bed. I immediately thought about this 8-Part…



Carla D. Wilson Laskey

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