January 19, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Black Women Game Changers in the STEM Fields

This week's threads highlighted black women pioneers in the STEM Fields. From mathematicians , scientists, video game animators,engineers  and architects, black women have played major contributions to excelling and innovating the STEM … [Read more...]

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

This week's open threads highlighted the impact that blacks or people with African descent have had on swimming. Alia Shanee Atkinson (born December 11, 1988) is a Jamaican swimmer and Olympian. She competed at the 2004 Olympics, and four … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: More Black Saints

This week's open thread highlighted black saints from the past, that are relatively unknown. Saint Bessarion, Wonderworker of Egypt was an Egyptian. He was baptized while still in his youth, and he led a strict life, striving to preserve the … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: New Black History Facts

Octavius Valentine Catto was a prominent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, activist, scholar, athlete, and military officer in the National Guard during the Civil War.    Catto was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 22, 1839. His mother, Sarah … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: More African-American Scientists

Shaundra B. Daily was born in 1979 in Nashville, Tennessee. In high school, an interest in being an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation led her to major in electrical engineering at Florida State University. But, she writes, “once I got to … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians

This week's open thread's focused on some lesser known but famous in the magic world, black magicians. Fetaque Sanders (1915-1992) toured with the USO during World War II, performing for African American troops in the then-segregated US Armed … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Nurses Who Changed the Course of History

Mary Jane Seacole (23 November 1805 – 14 May 1881), née Grant, was a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent who set up a "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War, which she described as "a mess-table and comfortable … [Read more...]