November 27, 2015

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...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Scat and Bebop Singers


Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (January 4, 1916 – February 26, 1991), also known as McVouty, was an American jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called "Vout". (In … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Movie Producers


Rob Hardy (born Robert Hardy, Jr. on July 22, 1971) is a film producer, screenwriter, television and film director. With partner Will Packer, he founded the production company Rainforest Films in 1994. Hardy's films include The Gospel, Trois, and … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Famous Black Painters


Aaron Douglas (May 26, 1899 – February 3, 1979) was an African-American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas, to Aaron and Elizabeth Douglas. He developed an interest in art during his … [Read more...]