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  • 0 MLK Day Quotes Galore Video

    Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. Dr. King has been honored with a national holiday in the USA on the third Monday in January since 1986. MLK Day of community service encourages you to get involved locally to help your neighborhood, town or city deal with important civic issues. Here's a 3 minute video that I produced featuring some of King's quotes in text. We posted it on our sister YouTube channel Black History People. Discover more Black History quotes in our mobile app Black History Quotes Express. All images and film in the video were taken during a personal visit to the King Memorial in Washington, DC.

  • 0 How African American Artifacts Inspired A Collector

    What would you do after years of collecting African American artifacts and memorabilia? Here's what Jeffrey A. Fletcher did. He decided to share his curated history with the community of Stratford, Connecticut. Even though the last two pandemic laced years have been a challenge for all of us, this obstacle didn't stop Jeffrey A. Fletcher from opening the Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum in October, 2021. On the museum's website we are reminded about the significance of their collection with this statement: "The artifacts and memorabilia may seem to be difficult to view but they are a part of African American history that needs to be told just as much as the triumphs which were made by African American pioneers and trailblazers." Our latest December, 2021 Android mobile app update for Black History Museums includes the new Connecticut contribution bearing the name of Ruby and Calvin Fletcher. The Black History Museums app features 51 selected African American museums or resources from every state and the District of Columbia. I developed this app in 2016. It has been updated 13 times since then to reflect museum changes. Watch in the video below how I demonstrate the top 4 reasons why you'll benefit from downloading this 100% free app to your tablet or phone. December 8th Update: We replaced the original video with this version to update the audio track.

  • 0 Veterans Day Appreciation

    Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. was drafted into the U.S. Army's first integrated unit. Hazel W. Johnson served her country as Chief Nurse for the Army Medical Command in Korea. Army, navy, air force, or marines. All veterans including prominent African Americans have served their country. We salute them and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Film maker James Edwards served in the army, and after service enrolled in drama school under the G.I. Bill. Actor James Earl Jones was another army vet who studied theater after military service under the G.I. Bill. The G.I. Bill was signed into law on June 22, 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt providing educational assistance to service members, veterans, and their dependents.  Harriet M. West was the first Black woman in the Women's Army Corps (WACS) to rise to the rank of Major (August 21, 1943). Fender Stratocaster guitar specialist Jimi Hendrix joined the 101 Airborne Division Paratroopers of the U.S. Army in 1960 only to hurt his back and receive an honorable discharge in the summer of 1962. Chicago's first Black mayor Harold Washington served in World War II as a First  Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Engineers (1942 - 1946). Roscoe Robinson, a 1982 West Point graduate became the U.S. Army's first African American four star general. See Black History Express App Stories for the General Colin Powell story. Actor Sidney Poitier (army), Medal of Honor recipient Brigadier General Charles C. Rogers (army), and Clifford Alexander (national guard and Secretary of the Army in 1977) all served with distinction. Before stealing baseball bases across America (1947), MLB color line buster Jackie Robinson served in World War II (1942). Jackie was drafted and assigned to a segregated Army cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas. In January 1943, Robinson was commissioned a second lieutenant. The man who would make number 42 famous was then assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he joined the 761st "Black Panthers" tank battalion.  In the days before they were allowed to participate in direct active duty women also contributed to national service and deserve a Veteran's Day shout-out. Some of these women were not technically army vets. Educator Mary McLeod Bethune served as an administrator for President Franklin Roosevelt's Office of Minority Affairs and worked as a special assistant to the Secretary of War (1942) to help recruit Black officer candidates in the Women's Army Corps (WACS). Community activist Grace lee Stevens was a national organizer for the Women's Army of National Defense (WANDS) during World War II. You'll find many more veteran contributions in our Black History Express mobile app by searching not only by keywords "army," or "navy," "air force," or "marines," but by others that make sense: "soldier" for example. We have only scratched the surface. Discover much more in our Android App Black History Express Quiz Game and Knowledge Base. 

  • 0 Black History Express App Stories

    Three familiar faces: President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former first lady Michelle Obama. Custom portraits of the Obamas sketched for Quikthinking Software by artist Julia Liberali. General Powell passed away on October 18, 2021. Powell (1937 - 2021) was born in Harlem, New York on April 5. During his distinguished career, he served as a four-star general, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State, and as the mastermind of operation Desert Storm (against Iraq). He entered City College of New York in 1954 as an engineering student. He switched his major to geology one semester later, then entered the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Powell credits ROTC for giving him an important life change direction that was very influential in shaping his character. The story of Powell, the Obamas, and hundreds more are included in our popular Android mobile App Black History Express. Black History Express is a story based collection of biographical information paired with a trivia quiz game for you to enjoy. Dive in, explore the stories, and discover more from the link above to download. Here's the original Black History Express digital press kit on our website: bit.ly/bhepresskit.    

  • 0 Black Inventors In Session

    He invented and patented the first electric light bulb with a carbon filament. He also published the first electric lighting system textbook. In New York City, there's a house owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation where this mystery inventor lived for over 20 years. The house is now a museum open to the public bearing his name. In 1886, the Thomas Edison Company welcomed him as a gifted African American electrical innovator and inventor. Have you guessed his name yet?   Lewis H. Latimer is just one of over 50 Black History Inventors profiled in our iPhone, iPad and Android mobile app. You can listen to or read quick summaries about the Black men and women who are the unsung heroes of genius innovation. Find out more about Black History Inventors app. 

  • 0 Best Museums and Historical Sites Apps of 2021 (Android)

    An honor for our Black History Museums app to be selected as Best Museums and Historical Sites Apps of 2021 (Android). Check out the story at LeapDroid by Ken Pillar. Touch the image above to read the LeapDroid story. Discover more here on our website about Black History Museums.

  • 0 Creating Black History People With A Plan

    When we created Empower Encyclopedia CD-ROM for Windows in 1998, the Black History software that became the root of many of our apps, we did it the old fashioned way. How? By going to our county library between 1993 - 1998 using books to do the research and reading through original sources. No Wikipedia, no online sources, no social media, no shortcuts. You may be thinking that a complicated project in your life is too hard to tackle. Breaking down the task into component parts is an easy way to simplify the complex. So rather than worrying about the herculean task of completing a project, we just did a little at a time without pressuring ourselves to meet self imposed deadlines. This may not be possible for you, but... In the case of the app Black History People, the sketch on the left below was the original hand drawn storyboard prototype. The screen shot below on the right is the first screen of the app as it appears as of this writing.     So create a plan and use it. Find out more about our Black History People app on our website.      

  • 0 Black History Express And Black History Expert App Updates

    Multiple biography updates, a few fixes, and several brand new achievers highlight new versions of Black History Express and Black History Expert. Black History Express mobile App is a free African American knowledge base and fun quiz game. Black History Express gives you a thrilling way to discover engaging stories about African Americans all in one place. Within 28 big chapters you'll find art to theater and everything in between. Use the summaries as a reference when you need to find information fast. You are the Black History Expert, as you discover nearly 300 engaging black history people profiles we've written and edited exclusively for this extremely simple to use mobile app. Every notable person is in a distinct category. You'll read about the known, and not so well known. Black History Expert is a great read when you are on the go. An excellent reference about black history people not just for Black History Month, but for anytime. This is your app with Black History Facts about Black History Heroes. Learn more about both Black History Express and Black History Expert. What's the big difference between the two apps? Black History Expert keeps the focus on the information as it is 100% ad free and does not include a quiz game. Black History Expert is ideal for discovering without distractions and is perfect for academic learning in or out of schools. Watch me demonstrate Black History Express  

  • 0 Fear Of The Inventors Quiz

    A refined nuclear technology patent, the gas mask, and the fire extinguisher have three interesting things in common. Black inventors. If tests during your school days put you in a panic, a mobile app called Black History Inventors Quiz might bring back those anxiety memories! Maybe this is the reason why more people download our Black History Inventors app than Black History Inventors Quiz. The Quiz title buries the expanded wealth of entertainment and creativity you'll find that the 'inventors only' version lacks.   Two games are bundled into the Quiz app. A match 3 game on the left, and a matching game on the right. The images represent real inventions by Black History people. The whole point behind creating this app was to offer a central location where you could learn more about the untold stories of these inventors. The quiz was just a bonus. In the story section, over 50 interesting profiles are included. Each has audio narration so you can listen to highlights.   Here are four entries profiling the creative people who made outstanding contributions to worldwide innovation with their ingenuity.     What if you had your own idea for an invention or a brainstorm vision that popped into your head? Inside of the app is a sketching program to quickly draw your concept.   Prototype the next big thing using the drawing section of Black History Inventors Quiz! We saved the 'best' for last if you are quiz averse. Super tip. Explore the story section of the app before trying your hand at the quiz. Read or listen to the stories. Now, you have a solid background. The quiz questions are easy once you've discovered the inventors. All of the quiz questions are based on the story section of the app.   Below the quiz questions are the four other sections of the app: Crush (Match 3 Game), Match game, Inventors stories, and Invent (sketching tool). So don't be fearful of this quiz. It's only 20% of the story. No one will see your quiz answers unless you share and tell all! We were humbled when Black History Inventors Quiz was honored with a Best Mobile App Award Silver Nomination for Education. Black History Inventors Quiz is for Android. Black History Inventors app is for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

  • 0 How To Find Black History Quotes For Black History Month

    How To Find Black History Quotes for Black History Month or anytime? You'll see in the video below how to easily find what you want. Let's summarize the strategy. Using your mobile phone, install the free Black History Quotes Express app for iPhone, iPad or Android. We use the app all the times to pull quotes we want to use in our social media channels. The magnifying glass is your best friend for finding people or themes with just a few taps of your mobile keyboard. Yes, the content is organized the traditional way too. View by author or view by category easily gets you the results you may need. There are so many quotes, that using search is probably the best way to go. You can bookmark your favorites, copy just the right quote you need, and delightfully share to email, text, or another destination. These quotes are not just valuable during Black History Month. The will come in handy all year long. This video is a couple of minutes. 

  • 0 7 Free Black History Resources for Your Phone or Tablet

    Celebrate Black History Month anytime with 7 FREE Black History Resources for Your Phone or Tablet from Quikthinking.com. We shared this video on our Facebook page and YouTube channels. We wanted to share it with you here. There's also a 2nd video 4 Black History Resources for Your Phone or Tablet below. Every February in the USA we spotlight the stories of famous or unsung African American people you may or may not know. Our portfolio of mobile apps tells these stories year-round. Not every app in our development universe shines a light on African Americans, but our commitment to Black History is a major part of our focus 12 months a year and not just when everyone else gets the spirit in February. Watch me count down the 7 apps in this relatively short 3 minute video from #7 to #1. So grab the FREE apps and share the experience. Video #2 at the bottom of the page is 2 minutes and change. Enjoy. Thank you for your support!  

  • 0 Black Inventors In American History

    Do you know how communities of Black History Inventors helped push the American experience forward? Amazing men and women used their creative genius to solve problems while receiving U.S. patents for fountain pens, mops, batteries, paints, furnaces and more. Inventors of color have used brain power to create it all. Their variety of inventions is extraordinary. In this video I showcase the creations of several Black Inventors in American History all taken from our mobile iOS and Android app Black History Inventors. Thanks for watching! Remember to follow Quikthinking Software on Instagram. We are @quikthinkingsoftware1 on Instagram.

  • 0 How To Find Black History Stories In 60 Seconds

    Want to know how you can easily find nearly 300 Black history stories in less than 60 seconds? Watch the video at the bottom of this post. It's easier than you think. With 28 different chapters, Black History Express App provides hundreds of stories about different USA community achievers. What kinds of stories are there? The first 9 of 28 chapters include art, authors, aviation, civil rights, community service / civil service, cowboys, dance, education, and entertainment. Download Black History Express app. Open it up. Your stories are there instantly. These are people you know. These are people you may not know. Are you ready to plug into important overlooked stories neglected by the media and overlooked in classrooms? We put a fun quiz game into this text based app too. The quiz is based on 98% of what you'll read in the stories. Black History Express is a free app you can use to update your awareness of the popular and unsung achievers who unfortunately may not get the credit they deserve. All of the information you are looking for is in the app so you don't have to be online on your phone or tablet to use it. Easily swipe left or right to the previous or next story within in each chapter of Black History Express.   Watch the quick 29 second video below to discover more. There is no audio in this video. Remember to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.     

  • 0 Black History Expert App Expertise

    Would you easily enjoy scanning through the details about several hundred Black history figures, as a large number of your brothers and sisters have already done? If the app was ad free, would your experience be even better? You'll be the Black History Expert after diving into our hidden figures achievers app. It's a who's who warehouse of wisdom. Black History Expert app keeps the spotlight on personal triumph by using brief written narratives. Our other knowledge based titles: Black History People, Black History Express, and Black History Quotes Express include visual or game elements to liven things up. You get right to the point using Black History Expert. It's twenty-eight chapters organized by stories into a simple to use reference. Bookmark the people you are most interested in. If you want, copy the biographies from within the app. Share the bios too. Easily find folks with search. This app is ad free. Watch me use Black History Expert in this short 3 minute 24 second video. After the video, learn when I created the old and the new Black History Expert App from scratch. Follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quikthinkingsoftware1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/quikthinking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuikthinkingSoftware

  • 0 Black History Quotes Express Mobile App

    One thing you'll love about Black History Quotes Express mobile app is roaming through the 11 categories of inspiring, reflective, instructional, and humorous words of wisdom. We pulled up these two John Lewis quotes among others in the app while reflecting on his legacy. Who was this American hero who passed away on July 17, 2020?  In 1961 as a teenager, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1963 to 1966, Lewis was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which he helped form. SNCC was largely responsible for organizing student activism in the Movement, including sit-ins and other activities. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District. Learn more about John Lewis at BlackHistoryPeople.com. Within Black History Quotes Express app for iOS and Android you'll always find thousands of relevant passages that help us make better sense of the ambiguities or stresses of our world. Updated July, 2020 in The App Store, Amazon App Store and Google Play.

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