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learning head wrap history - "black mummy " the mammy image served the political, social, and economic interests of mainstream white America. During slavery, the mammy caricature was posited as proof that blacks -- in this case, black women -- were contented, even happy, as slaves. Her wide grin, hearty laugher, and loyal servitude were offered as evidence of the supposed humanity of the institution of slavery.

Out of the Box Woman in Shirtdress by Joyce Owens. She says "These paintings are dramatic rendition of the black middle class men and women shown in photographs during the Paris Exposition in 1900 only 35 years after Emancipation from American slavery! Although not a secret, this historic segment of the American population is not widely acknowledged. There is a depth to our African American ancestry that we need to be able to build on; the wooden box is a symbol that can both hold the truth

Actress Jane White in a 1941 photograph by Carl Van Vechten. A 1944 graduate of Smith College, White was the daughter of Civil Rights icon Walter White

The Three Degrees (Fayette Pinkney, Valerie Holiday, Sheila Ferguson)


Dr. King & Coretta (1953)

Spring delight by Akeisha Walters

Swann Auction Galleries (AFRICAN AMERICANS--POSTERS.) Women! Free Our Sisters. Black and white poster, 22 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches, on newsprint, featuring an image of protesting women and a list of demands; 2 mailing folds, minor soiling and tack holes; unmounted. New Haven, CT, 22 November [1969] Announces a protest in support of six female Black Panthers who were being held in Niantic State Women's Prison. Issued by N.E. Women's Liberation and the Black Panther Party of Connecticut.