April 30, 2017

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...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Women and Rock N Roll

Danielia Cotton (born September 24, 1967) is an American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hopewell, New Jersey. Danielia comes from a musical family. She is the daughter of jazz vocalist Wenonah Brooks and the niece of jazz vocalists … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: The scientists, mathematicians and engineers of NASA

Dr. Christine Darden (born September 10, 1942) is an American mathematician, data analyst, and aeronautical engineer who devoted her 40-year career in aerodynamics to researching sonic booms at NASA. She was the first African-American woman at NASA's … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Authors of Slave Narratives

This week's threads highlighted some of the slave narratives that were physically written by the ex-slave or spoken and written down. These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many. William Green was a slave in the nineteenth century. … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: African-American Architects

Paul Revere Williams, FAIA (February 18, 1894 – January 23, 1980) was an American architect based in Los Angeles, California. He practiced largely in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille … [Read more...]