Saving the Day

Garrett Morgan's Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal


By Karyn Parsons

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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 “Entertaining and informative. A fine contribution to African American creative nonfiction for young readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

From Karyn Parson's critically acclaimed Sweet Blackberry video series comes the little known story of Garrett Morgan, an African American inventor who would become a hero.

Before Garrett Morgan became a successful inventor and saved countless lives with his creations, he was a little boy with a head full of ideas on how to make life better for everyone.

At a tumultuous time filled with racism and discrimination, Garrett became a prominent business man and skilled inventor who produced the traffic signal, a gas mask, and other devices still used today.

This second book from the award-winning children's film series founded by Karyn Parsons, Sweet Blackberry, comes a little-known story about a man whose talent would be a gift to the world.

Don't miss the inspiring story of the pilot Bessie Coleman in Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight!


  • * “The story of Morgan’s accomplishments is entertaining and informative. A fine contribution to African American creative nonfiction for young readers.”
    Kirkus Reviews
  • Praise for Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight:
    “A nice biography of a trailblazer who broke a glass ceiling in aviation for women, and for people of color.”
    School Library Journal
  • “[R. Gregory] Christie’s stylized illustrations bring life to Coleman’s trailblazing achievements.”
    Publishers Weekly
  • "[A] worthy introduction."

On Sale
Dec 7, 2021
Page Count
48 pages

Karyn Parsons

About the Author

Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Will Smith's cousin Hilary Banks on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After leaving acting behind, Karyn has gone on to found and produce Sweet Blackberry, an award-winning series of children's animated films, to share stories about unsung Black heroes in history, featuring narration from stars such as Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah, and Chris Rock. The videos have been screened on HBO and Netflix, and enjoyed by schools and libraries across the country. She is the author of Clouds over California and How High the Moon. Karyn lives with her family in Providence, Rhode Island.

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