February 9, 2016

Friday Open Thread: Making History-Black Men and Women in Swimming

Anthony Ervin

Anthony Lee Ervin (born May 26, 1981) is an American competition swimmer who has won two Olympic medals and two World Championship golds. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle, and earned a silver medal as a … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African-American Mathematicians


I hope everyone is having a fantastic and safe New Year!!! Elbert Frank Cox (December 5, 1895–November 28, 1969) was an American mathematician who became the first black person in the world to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. He spent most of … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: More Black Saints


Father António Vieira (February 6, 1608, Lisbon, Portugal – July 18, 1697, Bahia,Portuguese Colony of Brazil) was a Portuguese Jesuit philosopher and writer, the "prince" of Catholic pulpit-orators of his time. Vieira was born in Lisbon to … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: More African-American Scientists


Chemist and academic administrator William M. Jackson was born on September 24, 1936 in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Morehouse College in 1956 and Catholic University of America, CUA in 1961, … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians


Alonzo Moore (c.1870-c.1914?), who was once billed as the Black Hermann (not to be confused with a more popular conjurer, Black Herman), served his magic apprenticeship during the 1890's as an assistant to Ed Maro and performed his own act starting … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African-American Nurses Who Have Changed the Course of History


  Lillian Holland Harvey Registered nurse Lillian Holland Harvey is best known for her work in education. She became Dean of Tuskegee University School of Nursing in 1948 and held the position for nearly 30 years. During her time as … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Female Jazz Musicians


Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and … [Read more...]