August 30, 2015

Thursday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

Akia the great

Askia Muhammad I (ca. 1443 – 1538), born Muhammad Ture in Futa Tooro, later called Askia, also known as Askia the Great, was an emperor, military commander, and political reformer of the Songhai Empire in the late 15th century, the successor of Sunni … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

Taharqa with Queen Takahatamun at Gebel Barkal.

Taharqa was a pharaoh of the Ancient Egyptian 25th dynasty and king of the Kingdom of Kush, which was located in Northern Sudan. Taharqa was the son of Piye, the Nubian king of Napata who had first conquered Egypt. Taharqa was also the cousin and … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

Yaa

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...]