Photos: African-American Inventors

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Earl Lucas

One of only 25 to 30 African-American car designers in the world, Ford Motor Company design manager Earl Lucas designed the attractive exterior of the 2010 Ford Taurus. After earning a degree in industrial design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Lucas landed a dream gig building airplane interiors for the wealthy Sultan of Brunei. He's been drawing cars since the tender age of three.

(Photo: KATHLEEN GALLIGAN/MCT /Landov)

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