Revenge of the Blerds

Blerd History Month: Check out the black nerds from the 1800s through the first half of the 20th century.

Carver (National Geographic); Patterson (; Johnson (PBS); Ormes (Post-Gazette)

Next week, we’ll track the blerd from this young republic through the days of civil unrest: civil rights, black power, women’s rights: blerd power.

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.