October 21, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Dancers Who Changed American Dance

Pearl Eileen Primus (November 29, 1919 – October 29, 1994) was an American dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist. Primus played an important role in the presentation of African dance to American audiences. Early in her career, she saw the need to … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Fitness Gurus

William Wayne "Billy" Blanks (born September 1, 1955) is an American fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the creator of the Tae Bo exercise program. Blanks was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the fourth of fifteen children. Blanks began his study of … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Beauty Pageant Winners

Carole Anne-Marie Gist (born May 8, 1969) is an American TV host, model and first African-American woman to win the Miss USA title. Gist first won the title of Miss Michigan USA and went on to win the Miss USA crown on March 2, 1990, in Wichita, … [Read more...]

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...]