April 21, 2014

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Pirates

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Blacks became pirates for the same reasons as other men did, but they also sought the freedom often denied them elsewhere. W. Jeffrey Bolster wrote in Black Jacks, “No accurate numbers of black buccaneers exist, although the impression is that they … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts

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Continuing on with this week's theme, here are  5 more black history facts. FACT 1: Abolitionist Harriet Ann Jacobs published Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent. The book chronicles the hardships and … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Sundown Towns

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Sundown Nation/ Sundown Towns are Recent   In 1884, it was rare for a town the size of Waverly Ohio (Population 1279) to be all-white. Beginning around 1890 and lasting until at least 1968, towns throughout Ohio and most other states began … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries

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This next person is known for having an interesting theory on race and how  might melanin play a role in white supremacy. She is considered a "black supremacist" because of her views. What do you think POU? Frances Cress Welsing (born March 18, … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists

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This week's open threads will focus on the accomplishments of Black Feminists/Womanists.   Amy Euphemia Jacques Garvey (31 December 1895 – 25 July 1973) was the second wife of Marcus Garvey, and a journalist and activist in her own right. … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

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  Continuing of this week's theme with more African-American firsts,  the 1st Rhode Island Regiment was a Continental Army regiment from Rhode Island during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). Like most regiments of the Continental … [Read more...]

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

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  Fred "Snowflake" Toones (January 5, 1906 – February 13, 1962) was an African-American film actor comedian of the early sound era. Because of the sheer number of movies he appeared in, Toones is one of the most prolific character faces … [Read more...]