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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

Jackie Robinson Young Life | On Feb. 10, 1946, Robinson married college sweetheart Rachel Isum.

Jackie Robinson: A life in pictures of No. 42 (photos)

Eartha Kitt

POUR 15 MINUTES D'AMOUR: Belle (de) nuit

Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational women to me. The poem 'Still I Rise' will bring me out of any dark moment. In this Youtube video Maya reads the poem with such power, she brings it to life.

Tina Turner in 1964

A HERO: Oseola McCarty worked all her life cleaning other women's houses. She lived very frugally, and from her savings, donated $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi for scholarship. “I want to help somebody’s child go to college,” she said. “I’m giving it away so that the children won’t have to work so hard, like I did.” #FlipOver "inspiraction"

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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,

George and Darril Fosty's Black Ice

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.