February 10, 2016

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


Sabir Muhammad is one of the most well-known African American swimmers for his achievements in the sport. Muhammad earned and accepted a full scholarship to swim for the Stanford Cardinal in 1994 and was the first African American to compete for the … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Mathematicians


David Harold Blackwell (April 24, 1919 – July 8, 2010) was Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is one of the eponyms of the Rao–Blackwell theorem. Born in Centralia, Illinois, he was the first African … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: More Black Saints


Mary of Egypt (ca. 344 – ca. 421) is revered as the patron saint of penitents, most particularly in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic churches, as well as in the Roman Catholic. The primary source of information on Saint … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: New Black History Facts


The Hosanna School Founded in 1867 in Harford County, Maryland, the Hosanna School, also known as the Berkley School, was created two years following the establishment of the U.S. Freedman’s Bureau that was designed to provide aid to former … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: More African-American Scientists


Aprille Ericsson-Jackson (born April 1, 1963) is a pioneering female aerospace engineer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ericsson-Jackson attended the Cambridge School of Weston. She earned her bachelor’s in aeronautical/astronautical … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians


Ellen Armstrong was an African American female magician and daughter of Prof. John Hartford Armstrong.Born in 1914, she got her start at the age of six as assistant in her father's show. As a young child, she showed great skill as a "psychic" … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African-American Nurses Who Changed the Course of History


    Adah Belle Samuels Thoms (January 12, 1870 – February 21, 1943) was an African American nurse who cofounded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, was acting director of the Lincoln School for Nurses (New York), … [Read more...]