April 17, 2014

Thursday Open Thread: Black Pirates


John Julian (c. 1701 – 26 March 1733, aged 32) was the first recorded black pirate to operate in the New World, as the pilot of the ship Whydah. Julian was a half-blood Miskito Indian who joined Samuel Bellamy early in his brief career. He became a … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts


Continuing on with the theme... FACT 1:In 1787, free blacks in New York City found the African Free School, where future leaders Henry Highland Garnett and Alexander Crummell are educated. FACT 2: In 1787, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones form the … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Sundown Towns

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Today's featured Sundown town is McLean County, Kentucky. In some parts of the country, African-Americans or other people of color simply happen to not live there.  It is not because the locals keep them out, they just choose to not move there.  … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries


This week's open threads have highlighted some interesting Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries.  The Right Excellent Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante GBE  (February 1884 – August 1977) was a Jamaican politician and labor leader … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists


Cheryl L. Clarke (born Washington DC, 1947) is a writer, educator and lesbian Black feminist activist. Raised in Washington DC, she reflected in some of her earliest work the troubled times of the 1960's and the rebellions that ripped through … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts


Continuing with this week's theme, I am going to highlight some more  historic African-American firsts. Today's person had a very interesting life and sadly, he is still not discussed very much. He is also one of the earliest advocates of the use of … [Read more...]

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Thursday Open Thread: African-Americans and The Revolutionary War


Continuing with this week's theme, I will continue to focus on African-Americans and their roles in Revolutionary Era.  Salem Poor (1747–1802) was an African-American slave who purchased his freedom, became a soldier, and rose to fame as a war … [Read more...]