May 26, 2017

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...]

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...]