May 22, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Historic Black Churches

In 1787 in Philadelphia, the black church was born out of protest and revolutionary reaction to racism. Resenting being relegated to a segregated gallery at St. George's Methodist Church, Methodist preachers Absalom Jones and Richard Allen, and other … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Scientists and Technicians of the Manhattan Project

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on January 5, 1904, William Knox is remembered for two achievements.  He was among a handful of black scientists to work on the top secret Manhattan Project, which produced the atom bomb during World War II, and … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Blacks and the Mormon Church

"Green" Flake  became one of the first African-American members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was one of the first of three African-Americans to enter the Salt Lake Valley on July 22, 1847. Green Flake was born a slave on … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Another Set of Black History Factoids

Marion Thompson Wright, educator and historian, was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in history in the United States. Wright was born on September 12, 1902, in East Orange, New Jersey, the daughter of Moses R. Thompson and Minnie … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Women and Rock N Roll

Norma-Jean Wofford (c. 1942 – April 30, 2005) was an American guitarist who played with Bo Diddley and his band from 1962 to 1966. … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: The scientists, mathematicians and engineers of NASA

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson (born August 26, 1918) is an African-American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician. She made fundamental contributions to the United States' aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Authors of Slave Narratives

Fountain Hughes (1848 — 1957) was born a slave in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States and freed in 1865 after the American Civil War. He worked as a laborer for most of his life, moving in 1881 from Virginia to Baltimore, Maryland. He was … [Read more...]