January 19, 2017

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

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan (September 20, 1910 – November 10, 2008) was an African American mathematician who worked at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor agency to NASA. She was born Dorothy Johnson in Kansas … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Authors of Slave Narratives

Thanks for the birthday sentiments fellow POU'ers. Now onward to the open thread... Mattie Jane Jackson (January 1847 –  February 5, 1910) was an African American author. She is known for her 1866 autobiography, The Story of Mattie J. Jackson: Her … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Historical and Modern People and Figures Who Are Black

You can talk about the Renaissance, without talking about the The Medici Family. History doesn’t like to talk about is that the financial ruler of the western world — Alessandro de Medici, Duke of Penne and Duke of Florence and commonly called “Il … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Architects

Beverly Loraine Greene (October 4, 1915 – August 22, 1957) was an American architect. According to architectural editor Dreck Spurlock Wilson, she was "believed to have been the first African American female licensed as an architect in the United … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Africa’s Worst Dictators

Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh (born 25 May 1965) is the president of the Gambia. As a young army officer, he took power in a 1994 military coup. He was elected as President in 1996; he was re-elected in 2001, 2006, and 2011. President … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Civil Rights Attorneys

Fred David Gray (born December 14, 1930) is a civil rights attorney, preacher and activist who practices law in Alabama. He litigated several major civil rights cases in Alabama, including some that reached the United States Supreme Court for … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Breaking Down Plays and Barriers- Black Female Sportscasters

Jemele Juanita Hill (born December 21, 1975) is an American columnist for ESPN.com's Page 2 and former host of ESPN's First Take. In June 2013, she replaced Jalen Rose on ESPN2's Numbers Never Lie. Hill began her career as general assignment … [Read more...]