Tag Archives: Black History

Saturday Open Thread | Black Historical Political Figures: Governor L. Douglas Wilder

Today’s Black Political Trailblazer is L. Douglas Wilder. On January 14, 1990, L. Douglas Wilder was sworn in as governor of Virginia, joining a line that includes Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Harry F. Byrd. Wilder became Virginia’s 66th governor … Continue reading

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Thursday Open Thread | Black Historical Political Figures: Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

Today’s Black Political figures is Shirley Chisholm. The first African–American Congresswoman, Shirley Anita Chisholm represented a newly reapportioned U.S. House district centered in Brooklyn, New York. Elected in 1968 because of her roots in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood, Chisholm was catapulted … Continue reading

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Tuesday Open Thread | Black Historical Political Figures: Senator Hiram Revels

Today’s Historical figure is Senator Hiram Revels. February 25, 1870 First African American Senator On February 25, 1870, visitors in the Senate galleries burst into applause as senator-elect Hiram Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, entered the chamber to take his … Continue reading

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Monday Open Thread: The Opening of the National Museum of African-American History

This past Saturday was the opening of the new National Museum of African-American History. Whenever I get back to Washington, DC, I am going to spend at least 2 days at this museum. It looks magnificent. It was a glorious … Continue reading

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Monday Open Thread | TV Shows That You Should Be Watching: Underground

I’m a tv junkie. So, this week I thought I’d share some shows that maybe you should be watching. Today’s selection is Underground. Underground is well-written. Underground is well-acted. The production quality is top-grade. I mean, each episode is like … Continue reading

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Friday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Nina Simone

Our Final Gem is Nina Simone. She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot as she would come to learn, who used her … Continue reading

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Thursday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Ella Fitzgerald

Today’s Gem is Ella Fitzgerald.   Ella Fitzgerald Biography Singer (1917–1996) Ella Fitzgerald, known as the “First Lady of Song” and “Lady Ella,” was an American jazz and song vocalist who interpreted much of the Great American Songbook. Synopsis Following … Continue reading

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