I am extremely happy and overjoyed with gratitude to have been selected to receive the GWIIN Award. Thank you all so much for being here to share in this occasion. I am so honored to have my work internationally recognized in this way by the Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network. I have spent tens of thousands of hours doing research about people of color from a global perspective. This award means so much to me and I hope to pass this information on to future generations.
This research was not something I did alone. There are many people I wish to thank:
My mentor Dr. Ra Un Nefer Amen I,
My late wife, Cecelia Adams-Holmes,
My children Tcheser, Maat Tchaas, Enensa and Ur Aunkti Holmes.
Through the many hours of going to soccer matches, swim classes meets, gym classes, summer classes, music classes, tennis lessons, graduations both high school and college, and the honor of becoming a grandfather to my grand children; Their unwavering support and love has led to this day.
I would like to also thank Burt McKinley, author of Black Inventors of America, who sparked an ancestral link in me to find as many of the Black inventors, not only in the United States, but around the World.
I have to also thank my team whose time and support made this all possible:
The late Benoit Bofia, Cameroon
Kamau Blount, Brooklyn
The late Thomas Feaster, Florida
Edwina DeGrant, South Africa
The late Sandra Lewis, Jamaica
Roslyn Morrison, Mississippi
Andrea Tingling, United Kingdom
Dwight Williams, Japan
Last but not least I want to thank Ms. Bola Olabisi and the Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network for putting this fantastic program together, and the Ministries and people of Antigua and Barbuda for hosting this event.
I also must thank God, our ancestors and their generational knowledge whose ideas, innovations and inventions are intertwined into all of things we see in the world today.