January 24, 2017

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...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Historical and Modern People and Figures Who Are Black

Anatole Paul Broyard (July 16, 1920 – October 11, 1990) was an American writer, literary critic and editor born in New Orleans who wrote for The New York Times. In addition to his many reviews and columns, he published short stories, essays, and two … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African-American Architects

A new generation of young African American female architects are on the horizon. These architects have enthusiastic ties to their communities, and they understand the need to reassess architectural practices and the existing built environment that … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Africa’s Worst Dictators

  Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (born 5 June 1942) is an Equatoguinean politician who has been President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979. He ousted his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, in an August 1979 military coup and has overseen … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Civil Rights Attorneys

Anna Langford (1917 – September 17, 2008) was an American politician and lawyer who served on the Chicago City Council in Chicago, Illinois. Langford became the first African American woman elected to the Chicago City Council in 1971. She ultimately … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Breaking Down Plays and Barriers- Black Female Sportscasters

Pamela Donielle Oliver (born March 10, 1961) is an American sportscaster known for her work on the sidelines for various National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) games. Oliver was born in Dallas, Texas. With her father … [Read more...]