Category Archives: History

Friday Open Thread

TGIF Everyone! Carla Hayden, first female and African-American Librarian of Congress, confirmed by Senate WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed the longtime head of Baltimore’s library system to be the next Librarian of Congress. She is the first woman and … Continue reading

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Tuesday Open Thread | 2016 Tony Award Winners: Renee Elise Goldsberry

This week I thought we’d look at some 2016 Tony Award Winners. Today is the winner of Featured Actress in a Musical: Renee Elise Goldsberry for Hamilton where she played Angelica Schuyler Church.  

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Monday Open Thread | Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July. Woman awes internet with national anthem at Lincoln Memorial: Jun. 29, 2016 11:43 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida woman’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Lincoln Memorial led to a burst of applause … Continue reading

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The Last Survivor of the Black Wall Street Oklahoma Disaster

Olivia Hooker. The Last Survivor of the Burning of Black Wall Street Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by … Continue reading

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#MemorialDay was started by former slaves on May 1, 1865

On this date in 1865, former Black slaves started Memorial Day in America. This occurred in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up … Continue reading

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Wednesday Open Thread | Native American Week

Native Americans’ daily lives in early-1900s Arizona PHOENIX – Edward Curtis‘ portraits of Native Americans living in Arizona was the race-defining iconography for the Western world in the 20th century. Curtis spent 20 years documenting the indigenous people of North … Continue reading

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Friday Open Thread | Jazz Week: Miles Davis

Today’s Jazz figure really needs no introduction: Miles Davis.   BIOGRAPHY Miles Davis – legendary trumpeter and bandleader, explorer of unknown musical paths and enduring icon of hip – would be celebrating his 90th birthday this year had he not … Continue reading

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