January 31, 2015

Tuesday Open Thread: African Kings and Queens of the Past

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Yaa Asantewaa (c. 1840–17 October 1921) (pronounced YAA A-san-TE-WAA) was appointed queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire—now part of modern-day Ghana—by her brother Nana Akwasi Afrane Okpese, the Ejisuhene—or ruler of Ejisu. In 1900, she led … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

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  The Gullah people have been able to preserve much of their African cultural heritage because of geography, climate, and patterns of importation of enslaved Africans. Taken from the Western region of Africa in primarily the Krio and Mende … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors

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    William H. Richardson In 1889, William H. Richardson patented a more functional baby reversible carriage — meaning the bassinet could be positioned to face both out and in. In addition to modernizing the carriage, … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Notable Black Indians

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This week's open thread topic will focus on  highlighting some notable Black Indians.   Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1844 – September 17, 1907) was an African American sculptor who worked for most of her career inRome. She gained fame … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: History of Black Motorcyclists

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Ben Hardy, born Benjamin F. Hardy, was an African-American motorcycle engineer and chopper builder, who is best known for creating the customized choppers for the characters 'Captain America' and 'Billy' which featured in the 1969 Peter Fonda road … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Famous Blaxploitation Actors and Actresses

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    Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. She became famous in the early 1970's after starring in a string of moderately successful women in prison and blaxploitation films like The Big Bird Cage … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

This week's open threads will highlight the historical inaccuracies that are present in history textbooks. Today I am going to focus on the Truth about the First Thanksgiving. What your history teacher told you: The Pilgrims chose land around … [Read more...]