October 23, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Black Pirates


This week's open thread theme focus on the very little known history of  black pirates and their role in adventures on the high seas. Concluding this series, I will talk about one the most notorious pirates  that ever existed, Diego Grillo or in many … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts


Concluding this week's theme, here are the last 5 facts... FACT 1:In 1829, David Walker of Boston publishes An Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World which calls for a slave uprising in the South.  The fiery-militant David Walker was born on … [Read more...]

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Saturday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries

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This week's open threads focused on folks who are considered either Nationalists or Revolutionaries.  Today's revolutionary is Patrice Lumumba. Patrice Émery Lumumba (born Élias Okit'Asombo; July 2, 1925 –  January 17, 1961) was a Congolese … [Read more...]

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Saturday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts


This week's open threads focused on the accomplishments of several African-Americans.    Blanche Kelso Bruce (March 1, 1841 – March 17, 1898) was a U.S. politician who represented Mississippi as a Republican in the U.S. Senate from 1875 to … [Read more...]

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


Louise Beavers (March 8, 1902 – October 26, 1962) was an African-American film and television actress. Beavers appeared in dozens of films from the 1920's until 1960, most often in the role of a maid, servant, or slave. A native of Cincinnati, … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: African-Americans and the Revolutionary War

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Henry Washington was a one time African-American slave of the first president of the United States, George Washington. His history and linked documents can be found on-line. Transported as a slave to America, he was bought by George Washington in … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Radio Jockeys


Charles Wesley "Chuck" Leonard (March 30, 1937, Chicago, Illinois – August 12, 2004, Manhattan) was an American radio personality at WABC (AM) in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. His deep voice and smoothness resonated across 38 states for … [Read more...]