October 20, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

This next dancer led an amazing life. This is a long post, but she is one of the most influential dancers to ever grace the scene.   Katherine Mary Dunham (also known as Kaye Dunn, June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an … [Read more...]

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Saturday Open Thread: Black Fitness Gurus

Dolvett Quince is known for his stint on the Biggest Loser Reality Show.  He grew up in Stanford, Connecticut. He and his three siblings were eventually adopted by a Jamaican couple, whose only source of discipline was through physical force. He has … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Beauty Pageant Winners

Shauntay Renae Hinton (born February 26, 1979) is an American actress and beauty queen who won the Miss USA 2002. Born and reared in her native Starkville, Mississippi, Shauntay Renae Hinton stepped into the national spotlight as Miss USA 2002. … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Historic Black Churches

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, the first African- American Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, was organized in January 1866 by former slaves.  These individuals were assisted by white missionaries from the First Baptist Church and the German … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Scientists and Technicians of the Manhattan Project

Born May 31, 1918, in Philadelphia, Lloyd Albert Quarterman, a chemist, was one of the few African American scientists and technicians to work on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret effort to design and build the atomic bomb during World War … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Blacks and the Mormon Church

This week's open tread themes have focused on Blacks and their participation in the Mormon church.  Thirty-five days after  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ended its ban on blacks in its priesthood, still haunts many African-American … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Another Set of Black History Factoids

Robert Nelson Cornelius Nix Jr. (July 13, 1928 – August 23, 2003) served as the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1984 to 1996. Nix was the first African-American Chief Justice of any state’s highest court, and the first African … [Read more...]