December 10, 2016

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...]

Friday Open Thread: Africa’s Worst Dictators

Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali: Maxamed Siyaad Barre; Arabic: محمد سياد بري‎‎; October 6, 1919 – January 2, 1995) was the President of the Somali Democratic Republic from 1969–91. During his rule, he styled himself as Jaalle Siyaad ("Comrade … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Civil Rights Attorneys

Samuel Wilbert Tucker (June 18, 1913 – October 19, 1990) was an American lawyer and a cooperating attorney with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a founding partner in the Richmond, Virginia firm of Hill, … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Christopher Dean "Chris" Myers is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. In 1998, Myers won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Harlem. The following year, he wrote and illustrated Black Cat, a book that received a Coretta … [Read more...]