No matter what may have happened, Black kids found refuge in games, toys, and playtime. It was a simple way to escape, even for a while. It turns out some of the best toys we had were thanks to Black inventors.
Only a few card games can almost destroy Black families (spades anyone?). So it's no surprise that one of those games, Phase 10, was created by a Black man. Starting his business in his parent's basement, Ken Johnson made Phase 10 in 1982. The game has become the 2nd best commercial-selling card game of all time, with over $18.8 million in sales.
There's a reason many of us yearn for the nostalgia of toys we played with as children. That kind of joy hits differently. Knowing that some of that joy wouldn't have existed without the genius of Black inventors makes it that much sweeter.