May 25, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: Historic Black Churches

Free Blacks in both northern and southern cities formed their own congregations and churches before the end of the 18th century. They organized independent black congregations and churches to practice religion apart from white oversight. Along with … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Scientists and Technicians of the Manhattan Project

Born in 1919 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Samuel Proctor Massie was as one of the few African American scientists to work on the Manhattan Project during World War II.  He later became a distinguished professor of chemistry. Massie graduated from … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Blacks and the Mormon Church

Elijah Abel was one of the earliest African-American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the first African-American elder and seventy in the Latter Day Saint movement. Abel was also the first and one of the few black … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Another Set of Black History Factoids

Alfred L. Cralle was an African American businessman and inventor who was best known for inventing the ice cream scoop in 1897. Cralle was born on September 4, 1866, in Kenbridge, Lunenburg County, Virginia, just after the end of the American Civil … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Women and Rock N Roll

Peggy Jones or Peggy Malone (married name) (July 19, 1940 – September 16, 2015), known on stage as Lady Bo in recognition of her relationship with Bo Diddley, was an American musician. A pioneer of rock and roll, Jones played rhythm guitar in Bo … [Read more...]

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...]