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If you're worried about running out of Thanksgiving conversation topics once you've used up Black Friday and football ("How 'bout those Lions?" etc.), try sharing some of the fun facts Mental Floss' John Green compiled about the holiday.

If you're worried about running out of Thanksgiving conversation topics once you've used up Black Friday and football ("How 'bout those Lions?" etc.), try sharing some of the fun facts Mental Floss' John Green compiled about the holiday.

One of my favs!! Oscar Night, Hattie Mcdaniel was the first black performer to win an Academy Award.... Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).McDaniel was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer and television star. She was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America.

One of my favs!! Oscar Night, Hattie Mcdaniel was the first black performer to win an Academy Award.... Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).McDaniel was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer and television star. She was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America.

Susan B Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872. She was fined 100 dollars for registering to vote.

Susan B Anthony pummeled and arrested for attempting to vote in 1872. She was fined 100 dollars for registering to vote.

William Dehart Hubbard in April, 1921 (First African American To Win A Gold Medal in the Olympics in 1924)

William Dehart Hubbard in April, 1921 (First African American To Win A Gold Medal in the Olympics in 1924)

William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919) was a late 19th Century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859 and spent his life at sea. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885. Black history album

William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919) was a late 19th Century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859 and spent his life at sea. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885. Black history album

Hazel Carter dressed as a man to follow her soldier husband John overseas into WWI. She was sent home when the disguise was revealed. Hazel died in 1918, while John was still overseas.

Hazel Carter dressed as a man to follow her soldier husband John overseas into WWI. She was sent home when the disguise was revealed. Hazel died in 1918, while John was still overseas.

Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

Midnight Train to Georgia | 1942    A group of African American women waiting for their trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York City, 1942. Sepia tone (original b). by Black History Album, via Flickr

Midnight Train to Georgia | 1942 A group of African American women waiting for their trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York City, 1942. Sepia tone (original b). by Black History Album, via Flickr

Milky pens… 90's kids stuff. I really do miss them and the black paper notebooks that they were made to write on so they'd show up better...

Milky pens… 90's kids stuff. I really do miss them and the black paper notebooks that they were made to write on so they'd show up better...

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