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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

CAMPBELL DAVIS, 85, BORN A SLAVE, in Harrison Co., Texas. "I knows better things am ahead for us people and us trusts in de Lawd." (Texas Slave Narratives 1936-1938)

Memphis, Tennessee 1942

Lena Horne and Hazel Scott are not celebrating the new year in this photo (I always say they were toasting their mutual fabulousness) Photo: Metronome/Getty.

Dorothy Dandridge and sister Vivian

+~ Vintage Photo Booth Picture ~+ Stunning photo booth capture of a young African American girl.

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, the greatest black couple of all time. :) (via "black love...is a beautiful thing")

Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in a scene from the Off-Broadway production of the play The Blacks,1961

Cicely Tyson

The highly educated Soror Founder Ethel Carr Watson was from Parkersburg, West Virginia. During the significant March for Women's Suffrage, Ms. Watson confided that her family told her not to march, but was forced to defy the order because she was selected to hold the banner since she was the tallest. She pursued her teaching career over a period of thirty years. She then retired and began a second career as a dramatic performer.

Angela Davis

Sarah Lois Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." Nicknamed "Sailor", "Sassy" and "The Divine One", Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner.

quincy jones and sarah vaughan, paris, photographed by jean-pierre leloir 1958.

Eartha Kitt & Sammy Davis, Jr. in Anna Lucasta (1958)

Sammy Davis, Jr. & Eartha Kitt in Anna Lucasta (1958)

"Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans. Many later became classified as Black Indians"

4th U.S. African Troops. They were burried alive when captured by confederate soldiers. Imagine having the audacity to want to be free and to fight for such freedom. Civil War by Brendan Hamilton, via Flickr.