June 29, 2016

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 Gray

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...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Children’s Authors and Illustrators


Nikki Grimes (born October 20, 1950) is an American author of books written for children and young adults, as well as a poet and journalist. Grimes was born in Harlem, New York. In a conversation with a Reading Is Fundamental interviewer, she … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Women Game-Changers in the STEM Fields


Marjorie Lee Browne (September 9, 1914 – October 19, 1979) was a noted mathematics educator. She was one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics. … [Read more...]

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


Simone Manuel (born August 2, 1996) is an American competition swimmer. She currently holds the American record in the 100-yard freestyle. … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African-American Mathematicians


  Dudley Weldon Woodard (1881–1965) was an African American mathematician and professor, and the second person of African descent to earn a PhD in Mathematics, the first being Elbert Frank Cox, (PhD Cornell, 1925), Woodard's mentor. … [Read more...]