April 16, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Pirates

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Abraham Samuel, also known as "Tolinar Rex," born in Martinique (or possibly in Anosy, Madagascar), was a mulatto pirate of the Indian Ocean in the days of the Pirate Round in the late-1690s. Being shipwrecked on his way back to New York, he briefly … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Little Known or Interesting Black History Facts

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It's Wednesday aka Hump Day! Today. Today's open thread is highlighting more than 5 facts.  FACT 1:Before Wally Amos became famous for his "Famous Amos" chocolate chip cookies, he was a talent agent at the William Morris Agency, where he worked … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Sundown Town

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An excerpt from a CNN online article about Vidor, Texas's past and present as a Sundown Town" Peggy Fruge told me she'd welcome blacks to her neighborhood. Then she said this:"I don't mind being friends with them, talking and stuff like that, but as … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black/African Nationalists and Revolutionaries

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Happy New Year POU!  "Every year you are reminded of George Washington's birthday... my kids learn about this at school, but nothing is said about black heroes. If white Americans can engage in what I call repetitious advertising, then I feel … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Open Thread: Black Feminists/Womanists

This pictures summarizes  Florynce Kennedy pretty well.

  Florynce Rae "Flo" Kennedy (February 11, 1916 – December 22, 2000), was an American lawyer, activist, civil rights advocate, and feminist. Kennedy was born in Kansas City to an African-American family. Her father Wiley Kennedy was a Pullman … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: More African-American Firsts

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Pierre Caliste Landry (April 19, 1841 – December 22, 1921) was an American slave who after the American Civil War became an attorney, Methodist Episcopal minister, and politician in Louisiana. He is best remembered for being elected in 1868 as mayor … [Read more...]

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

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It's hump day POU Family! This week's theme is about African-Americans who became famous for depicting stereotypes and blackface.  William "Willie" Best (May 27, 1916 – February 27, 1962), sometimes known as Sleep n' Eat, was an American … [Read more...]