February 10, 2016

Monday Open Thread: Making History-Black Men and Women in Swimming

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This week's open threads will highlight the unsung swimming heroes of African ancestry. Cullen Andrew Jones (born February 29, 1984) is an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist who specializes in freestyle sprint events. As … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: African-American Mathematicians

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Charles Lewis Reason (July 21, 1818 – August 16, 1893) was a mathematician, linguist, and educator. He became the first African-American university professor at a predominantly white college in the United States, teaching at New York Central College, … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: More Black Saints

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Saints Julian and Basilissa (died ca. 304) were husband and wife. They were  Black Christian martyrs who died at either Antioch or, more probably, at Antinoe, in the reign of Diocletian, early in the fourth century, on 9 January, according to the … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: New Black History Facts

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So, I have been visiting one of my favorite sites, Blackpast.org and discovered there are new black history factoids. This week's open threads will be dedicated to learning some new info. Lovie Louise Yancey was the African American founder … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: More African-American Scientists

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This week's open threads will highlight more African-American scientists and their contributions to fabric of American science. Lisa Stevens became a familiar face (and voice) in 2005 when panda cub Tai Shan was born at the National Zoo in … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Successful African-American Magicians

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This week's thread will focus on lesser known but successful African-American magicians. There is not a ton of information on this topic, so I will be parsing together as background as possible.   Benjamin Rucker (June 6, 1889 – April … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers

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This week's open thread will highlight the talents of some lesser know scat and bebop singers. Betty Carter (born Lillie Mae Jones, May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer known for herimprovisational technique, scatting … [Read more...]