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America's Black Experience

James Reese Europe was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. He was the leading figure on the African American music scene of New York City in the 1910s. During World War I Europe obtained a Commission in the New York Army National Guard, and saw combat as a lieutenant with the 369th Infantry Regiment (the "Harlem Hellfighters"). He directed the regimental band to great acclaim.

James Reese Europe was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. He was the leading figure on the African American music scene of New York City in the 1910s. During World War I Europe obtained a Commission in the New York Army National Guard, and saw combat as a lieutenant with the 369th Infantry Regiment (the "Harlem Hellfighters"). He directed the regimental band to great acclaim.

On May 23, 1900 Sergeant William Harvey Carney became the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism on July 18, 1863 in the Assault on the Fort Wagner during the Civil War.

Black Soldiers in the Civil War

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Dr. Ella Piper...Fort Myers’ best-known early black business leader may have been Dr. Ella Piper. In 1916, she opened the city’s first beauty parlor. She was a foot doctor, owner of the Big 4 Soft Drink Company and a landowner. Her beauty parlor’s clientele included the wives of inventor Thomas Edison and auto tycoon Henry Ford. Although it has been almost 60 years since her 1954 death at the age of 70, her name lives on in the Dr. Piper Center for Social Services Inc.

Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis

"Life Every Voice and Sing" sculpture was designed by Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage for the 1939 World's Fair. It stood 16 feet tall. As a temporary installation, it was destroyed at the close of that fair.

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Vonetta Flowers won the gold medal in the two-woman bobsled, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

Ellen Holly, the first African American to star in a daytime series(One LIfe to Live, 1968).

Garrett Augustus Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic signal, also became the first African-American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio

Tumblr CultureSOUL: *Sepia Visions* The African Americans Couples c. 1930s-1960s

Marpessa Dawn. A great actress who many forgot, but who's performance in her first film, "Black Orpheus", is now a classic.

CultureSOUL: *Sepia Visions* The African Americans Couples c. 1930s-1960s

CultureSOUL: *Sepia Visions* The African Americans Couples c. 1930s-1960s

Mary Smith. First Black Cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys!

Tragedy! This painting adequately reflects how fame and eventually infamy; adversely affected The King of Pop.

Chaka has ALWAYS had a GOREGOUS Mane!

Beautiful photograph of Correta Scott King and her lovely daughter.

The Hair. The Style. The Grace. The Flair. TINA!