March 30, 2017

Friday Open Thread: Blacks and the Mormon Church

Martha Ann Jane Stevens Perkins Howell, born on January 20, 1875, was named for her maternal grandmother, Martha Vilate Crosby Flake, who had been a slave during the Mormon migration to the West. Martha Howell’s maternal grandfather was Green Flake, … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Another Set of Black History Factoids

The Union Transportation Company was chartered on August 29, 1905, in response to Tennessee’s newly-imposed streetcar segregation law (July 1905) and a black boycott of the city’s main streetcar transportation system, the Nashville Transit Company. … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Women and Rock N Roll

Brittany Howard (born October 2, 1988) is an American musician, best known as lead vocalist and guitarist of American rock bands Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch. Howard was born in Athens, Alabama to a white mother and an African American … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: The scientists, mathematicians and engineers of NASA

George Robert Carruthers (born October 1, 1939) is an African-American inventor, physicist, and space scientist. He has lived most of his life in Washington, DC. … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Authors of Slave Narratives

Lewis Clarke was an ex-slave who published his experiences in his work, Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke. Lewis Garrard Clarke was born in Madison County, Kentucky, seven miles from Richmond, in 1812. Depending on the source, Clarke's … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Historical and Modern People and Figures Who Are Black

Unlike some of the others that have been highlighted this week, this actress was proud of her heritage. She didn't shy away from it, but embraced it at a time when Jim Crow as in place. Fredericka Carolyn "Fredi" Washington (December 23, 1903 … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African-American Architects

McKissack & McKissack is an American architecture and engineering firm based for many years in Nashville, Tennessee, and now based in New York City and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1905, it was the first African-American-owned architectural firm … [Read more...]