March 5, 2015

Tuesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840–17 October 1921) (pronounced YAA A-san-TE-WAA) was appointed queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire—now part of modern-day Ghana—by her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpese, the Ejisuhene—or ruler of Ejisu. In 1900, she led … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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This week's open threads will focus on African Kings and Queens of the past.   King Mansa Musa I (Emperor Moses) was an important Malian king, ruling from 1312 to 1337 and expanding the Mali influence over the Niger city-states of … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

This week's open threads will focus on the Gullah people and their culture. The Gullah Wars The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Low country region of the U.S. states of South Carolina and Georgia, which … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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  This week's open thread highlighted some lesser known black inventors.  Today I am going to highlight several inventors. In Chester, New Hampshire George Franklin Grant (September 15, 1846 – August 21, 1910) was the first African … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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James Edward Maceo West (born February 10, 1931 in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia) is an American inventor and acoustician. Along with Gerhard Sessler, West developed the foil electret microphone in 1962 while developing instruments for … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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Although he didn’t invent Crest toothpaste, he dramatically improved the Crest formula for protecting our teeth so we can smile in all those selfies  being taken nowadays. Smitherman’s distinguished career as an inventor at Proctor & Gamble, the … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Notable Black Indians

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This week's open thread topic will focus on  highlighting some notable Black Indians.   Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1844 – September 17, 1907) was an African American sculptor who worked for most of her career inRome. She gained fame … [Read more...]