October 22, 2016

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

Fredi Washington

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...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Women Game Changers in the STEM Fields


ACG artist and computer animator Lisette Titre has contributed to some of EA’s highest profile games, including Tiger Woods Golf for Nintendo’s Wii, The Simpsons, and Dante’s Inferno. As a character modeler, Titre takes data from scanned images of … [Read more...]

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...]