February 9, 2016

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


Maritza Correia (born December 23, 1981), also known by her married name Maritza McClendon, is an Olympic swimmer from the United States. When she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2004, she became the first Puerto Rican of African descent to be … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Mathematicians


Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes (September 11, 1890, Washington, D.C. – 25 July 1980, Washington, D.C.) was an American mathematician and educator. She was the first African-American woman to gain a PhD in mathematics, from the Catholic University of … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: More Black Saints


  Saint Anthony or Antony (Greek: Ἀντώνιος, Antṓnios; Latin: Antonius; c. 251–356) was a Christian monk from Egypt, revered since his death as a saint. He is distinguished from other saints named Anthony by various epithets: Anthony the … [Read more...]

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Wednesday Open Thread: New Black History Facts


Sylvanus Smith, once described in a city directory as a “hog driver,” was a free black Brooklynite who promoted and protected racial equality, business ownership, and property development in the community of Weeksville, New York. Smith was one of the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: More African-American Scientists

Agnes Day. Courtesy of Agnes Day

  Agnes Day- Microbiologist Microbiologist Agnes A. Day was born on July 20, 1952 in Plains, Georgia to Annie Lee Laster and David Laster. The youngest of thirteen children, Day was raised by her third-grade teacher, Reverend Mrs. Rose … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Famous African-American Magicians


Henry "Box" Brown (c.1816–after 1889) was a 19th-century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom at the age of 33 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate in 1849 to abolitionists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left behind his enslaved … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Nurses Who Changed the Course of History

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  Mabel Keaton Staupers (February 27, 1890 – November 29, 1989) was a pioneer in the American nursing profession. Faced with racial discrimination after graduating from nursing school, Staupers became an advocate for racial equality in the … [Read more...]