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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

Stewart Fulbright is seen in an undated photo. Fulbright, a trailblazing black educator who piloted a bomber during World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen and was the first dean of the North Carolina Central University School of Business, died in Durham, N.C. on Jan. 1, 2012 after a short illness, according to his son, Edward. He was 92. ~Via Chere Brown

Famous and notable deaths in 2012

Selina Gray, daughter of Sally and Leonard Norris and a second generation of the Custis slaves at Arlington House. She is largely responsible for the preservation of many of the Arlington House furnishings during the American Civil War.

Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Ruby Bridges, 1960 Ruby Bridges (born 1954) was the first African American child to desegregate an elementary school when she walked into William Frantz Elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960.

Ruby Bridges | Entries | KnowLA, Encyclopedia of Louisiana

Though Thomas Edison is recognized as the inventor of the light bulb, African-American inventor Lewis Latimer played an important role in its development. In 1881, Latimer patented a method for making carbon filaments, allowing light bulbs to burn for hours instead of minutes. Latimer also drafted the drawings that helped Alexander Graham Bell receive a patent for the telephone.

African-American Inventors -

William Still (1821 – 1902): Often called "The Father of the Underground Railroad," Still helped as many as 800 slaves escape to freedom, interviewing each person and keeping careful records, including a brief biography and the destination of each person, along with any alias that they adopted, though he kept his records carefully hidden. Still worked with other Underground Railroad agents operating in the south and in many counties in southern Pennsylvania.

This was one of many towns, such as Rosewood and Tulsa, where a successful, self-sufficient African American community was the subject of a terrorist attack designed to maintain economic white supremacy.

George Stinney ~ He was 14 yrs. 6mos. and 5 days old, the youngest person executed (electric chair) in the United States in the 20th Century ~ S. Carolina ~ Worth reading.......