November 21, 2017

Friday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Charles “Honi” Coles (April 2, 1911 – November 12, 1992) was an American actor and tap dancer. He was best known for his role as Tito Suarez in the film Dirty Dancing. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Coles developed his high-speed rhythm … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Fitness Gurus

Hannah Bronfman (born October 26, 1987) is a DJ, model, and entrepreneur from Manhattan. She is the co-founder of Beautified, a mobile app for finding last-minute beauty services. Bronfman is also an investor in multiple restaurants, including Hotel … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Beauty Pageant Winners

Nana Meriwether (born May 24, 1985) is a two-time NCAA All-American UCLA volleyball player and Miss USA 2012. She represented Maryland at Miss USA 2012 and finished as 1st runner-up. On December 19, 2012, after Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe 2012, … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Historic Black Churches

Mt. Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Elsinboro, New Jersey, is the oldest African American church in the state. It is also the oldest continuously operating black church in the United States. The church was officially founded in … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Scientists and Technicians of the Manhattan Project

Moddie Daniel Taylor, a chemist by training, was a member of the small, elite group of African American scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, the code name for the top-secret effort to create an atomic bomb during World War II.  Taylor was … [Read more...]

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...]