America's Black Experience
ELIZABETH KECKLEY: A FREED SLAVE AND THE FIRST FEMALE BLACK FASHION DESIGNER IN WHITE HOUSE
"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.
Marpessa Dawn. A great actress who many forgot, but who's performance in her first film, "Black Orpheus", is now a classic.
Civil rights protest, Va., 1960 | LIFE and Civil Rights: Anatomy of a Protest, Virginia, 1960 | LIFE.com
Youth conducting a science experiment circa 1940's.