April 16, 2014

Monday Open Thread: Black Pirates

Henri Caesar

This week's open threads will focus on a rarely known topic, black pirates.  Some estimate that nearly 5,000 pirates hunted prey between 1715 and 1726. Of that number, about twenty-five to thirty percent came from the cimarrons, black slaves who … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts

Black-History-Month Image 1

To close out Black History Month,  this week's thread topic will be on some little known or just plain interesting black history facts. FACT 1: Allensworth is the first all-black Californian township, founded and financed by African Americans. … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries


In honor of Nelson Mandela and the revolutionary spirit within each and everyone  who reads POU, this week's open threads will highlight Black/ African revolutionaries and nationalists. Using either education, research or political means these folks … [Read more...]

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Monday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists


This week's open threads will highlight black feminists/womanists scholars.  Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (Raleigh, August 10, 1858 – February 27, 1964) was an American author, educator, speaker and one of the most prominent African-American scholars … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: More African-Americans Firsts

fort mose

This week's open threads will highlight more African-Americans firsts.  Today's post will talk about the first free black community.  Fort Mose Historic State Park (originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosé) is a U.S. National … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Famous Depictions of African-American Stereotypes and Blackface


This week's open thread will focus on performers who made their living acting out African-American stereotypes and/or blackface.    Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (May 30, 1902 – November 19, 1985), better known by the stage … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: The Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Vernon Dahmer

This week's open threads will highlight the other "unsung" heroes of the Civil Rights movement. We have always talked about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. There were others, black and white who were involved … [Read more...]