January 26, 2015

Wednesday Open Thread: The History of the Gullah People

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When the U.S. Civil War began, the Union rushed to blockade Confederate shipping. White planters on the Sea Islands, fearing an invasion by the US naval forces, abandoned their plantations and fled to the mainland. When Union forces arrived on the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: More Black Scientists and Inventors


Although he didn’t invent Crest toothpaste, he dramatically improved the Crest formula for protecting our teeth so we can smile in all those selfies  being taken nowadays. Smitherman’s distinguished career as an inventor at Proctor & Gamble, the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Indians


George Bonga (August 20, 1802 – 1880) was a fur trader of African-American and Ojibwe descent, one of the first African Americans born in what is now Minnesota. He was the second son of Pierre Bonga and an Ojibwe mother. George was schooled in … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread; History of Black Motorcyclists


William Johnson broke down barriers as both the first African American Harley-Davidson dealer, and as the first African American licensed to compete in national motorcycle racing events. Born in Baltimore in 1890, Johnson moved with his wife in about … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Famous Blaxploitation Actors and Actresses


  Frederick Robert "Fred" Williamson, nicknamed "The Hammer" (born March 5, 1938) is an American actor and former professional American football defensive back who played mainly in the American Football League during the 1960's. He has black … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Lies My Teacher Told Me

Continuing on with this week's theme... Native Americans.   What your history teacher told you : Native Americans were savages who were not civilized.  New Europeans arriving in the country taught Native Americans how to act … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Gil Scott Heron

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Recording Career, Con't Scott-Heron recorded and released only four albums during the 1980s: 1980 and Real Eyes (1980), Reflections (1981) and Moving Target (1982). In February 1982, Ron Holloway joined the ensemble to play tenor saxophone. He … [Read more...]