Vintage African American Photos

I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. Muhammad Ali

Elegant African American Couple, 1910.

Spelman College in Atlanta, one of the oldest historically Black colleges for women, was established as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary in 1881. The school began with just 11 African American women, and after expanding, received support from John D. Rockefeller, eventually being renamed after his wife, abolitionist Laura Spelman. (Photo shows Spelman grads in 1892)

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Eartha Kitt photographed by Gordon Parks as she was being fitted for a dress by a woman who I am 99.9% sure is none other than the pioneering fashion designer Zelda Wynn Valdes in 1952.

LORENZO DOW TURNER (1890 –1972) was an academic and linguist who conducted seminal research on the Gullah language of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. He earned a master's degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Chicago. He taught at Howard Univ. (1917-1928) and Fisk Univ. (1929 – 1946) and traveled West Africa, identifying over 300 (Mende, Vai, Fulani) Gullah loanwords and 4,000 personal names. He published his findings in his book “Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect (1949).

Several cotillions featured in issues of Ebony during the 1960s.

African American woman wearing beaded dress, with hat Portraits of African Americans from the Alvan S. Harper Collection (1884-1910)

Grandmother and granddaughters | (The Cabinet card gallery.)

GRANVILLE T. WOODS, WAS BORN A FREE BLACK MAN, on April 23, 1856 in Columbus, Ohio. He and his brother established a company to develop electrical apparatus. A PROLIFIC INVENTOR, he became known as "BLACK EDISON." He registered nearly 60 patents, including a telephone transmitter, a trolley wheel and the multiplex telegraph (over which he defeated a lawsuit by Thomas Edison) and selling his inventions to companies, American Bell Telephone Company and the General Electric Company. | African-American Inventors | Granville T. Woods

Patriotism is a strange creature. The Black man, since the earliest days of Canadian history has been one of the greatest defenders of Canada. And yet, his accomplishments have never been fully told nor recorded. It is as if the Black man had never existed. In fact, if it had not been for the Black man carrying a rifle, Canada herself would have never existed. From the earliest days of British North America and the landing of the Black Loyalist forces in Nova Scotia, through to the War of 1812,

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Zelda Wynn Valdes: First Black Fashion designer and customer. Valdes (1905 – 2001) opened her own shop on Broadway in New York City in 1948. Some of her clients included other notable black women of her era, including Dorothy Dandridge, Marian Anderson, and Joyce Bryant. She is also most famous for designing the original costumes for the Playboy Bunnies and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Singer pianist Nina Simone and folk singer Brock Peters relax between shows by frolicking in the sand at Takwa Bay Beach during a visit to Lagos, Nigeria. By G. Marshall Wilson

Harvey Gantt was the first African American student to enroll in Clemson University. He graduated with honors, earning a degree in architecture. In 1970, Gantt was awarded a master’s degree in city planning from MIT. He went on to become a successful architect, businessman and politician and in 1983, became the first African American mayor of Charlotte, NC.

Dizzy Gillespie and his wife on vacation ... Black Love ... Black•L❤VE

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Jerry Pinkney (born December 22, 1939) is an illustrator of children’s books. He has won the Caldecott Medal five times, most recently in 2010. #TodayInBlackHistory

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Kareem with this parents in 1969.

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Josephine Baker Given the nicknames "Black Venus,” "Black Pearl,""Creole Goddess," (1906-1975). A dancer, singer, actress and a comedian all in one, The first woman of African descent to star in a major motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world famous entertainer. Her acts were both outrageously funny and quite sexy. She was a star of stage, screen and recordings, a civil rights activist and an honored military woman during World War II.

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Blacks were advertised and sold like cattle. Here is an advertisement for a slave auction in 1857 (from, no other info).

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