Vintage African American Photos

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Vintage African American Photos

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James Baldwin, 1924 – 1987

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Thousands of African American women overcame race and gender barriers to help win the war. High profile women like Mary McLeod Bethune and Lena Horne were names familiar to most Americans at the time and in later years. However, there were many more women who contributed to the struggle for equality and for victory over fascism. Some of their stories are told in Double Victory.

Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month: Double Victory

Rosa Lee Ingram & her 2 sons received the death penalty in 1948 for murdering a white landowner in rural Georgia. Civil Right activist represented them as an example of the emerging Cold War Politics. In 1947 Ms Ingram was angrily approached by John Stratford about livestock that roamed onto his property. Mr Stratford sexually attacked her. As she fought him off her teenage sons stuck him with farm equipment. Their case was appealed & their sentences were reduced to life in prison.

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Poet, Phyllis Wheatley, born into slavery in 1753 in Boston MA. First Black woman to have her writings published

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Jane C. Wright - African-American pioneer in chemotherapy and anti-cancer chemical research. Appointed head of the Cancer Research Foundation at a mere 33 years old, associate professor at NYU, associatee dean at New York Medical College, and first female president of the New York Cancer Society by the end of her career in the 1980s.

Changing the Face of Medicine | Dr. Jane Cooke Wright

Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward was the first African American woman to earn a medical doctorate (M.D.) in New York State and the third in the United States.

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Abaché & Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis - Africatown, Alabama in the 1910s. He was considered the last person born on African soil to have been enslaved in the US. Taken from Takon, Benin to port of Ouidah together with over a hundred other captured Africans and brought on the ship Clotilde to Mobile, Alabama in 1860 during an illegal slave-trading venture.

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Mensa's youngest member Adam Kirby has IQ of 141 at age 2. An African American child prodigy has become the youngest ever member of Mensa after an IQ test ranked him smarter than President Barack Obama & British Prime Minister David Cameron. Little Adam Kirby has read Shakespeare & learned Japanese, Spanish & French. He toilet trained HIMSELF after reading a book on the subject at age 1.

Mensa's youngest ever member Adam Kirby has IQ of 141 aged TWO

Fultz Quads on Ebony Cover. The first African American quadruplets to be born, and the first quads born in the South to live. May 1947 they're so cute

Formula: How did we get hooked anyway?

May 23 1900 Sgt William H Carney becomes the 1st African American awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor at Fort Wagner SC. During the Civil War behind enemy lines the flag man down Sgt. Carney grabbed the flag and carried it with him despite being wounded when he reached friendly lines he was met with cheers and stated "Boys, the old flag never touched the ground!" To read the entire story go to

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History of African-Americans

Typographical Infographics That'll Make You Go "Wow!"

Augusta Savage (Feb 29, 1892 – March 26, 1962) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a rising generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.

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Laura Nelson was lynched on a bridge over the North Canadian River along side her 15 yr old son, Lawrence Nelson. The pictures of the lynchings were later sold as postcards. (The photographer took care to copyright his work.) Between the years of 1882 and 1968 4,743 people were lynched on American soil-3,446 of them where African American.

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    How horrendous. What type of person would buy this type of postcard?

From Slave Ship to Harvard the true story of an African American family in Maryland over six generations. The author has reconstructed a unique narrative of black struggle and achievement from paintings, photographs, books, diaries, court records, legal documents, and oral histories. From Slave Ship to Harvard traces the family from the colonial period and the American Revolution through the Civil War to Harvard and finally today.

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GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (Historic Colonial Slave Cemetery) Newport, Rhode Island: This Historic Burial Site has been recognized as having possibly the oldest and longest surviving collection of markers of enslaved and free Africans, the earliest of whom were born in the late 1600's. | Newport, became one of the most prosperous of Colonial American seaports, mostly from the export and trade of rum, spermaceti candles and Slaves from Guinea, Gold and the Cape Coasts of West Africa.

Home - God's Little Acre

On May 5, 1950 poet Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Black people did not "come to this country seeking a better life." They were kidnapped from their homes in Africa, dragged in chains and loaded onto slave ships--treated not like human beings but like things, commodities to be traded and used to enrich others. Tens of millions of enslaved Africans died before even reaching America, so terrible were the conditions on the slave ships. Those who survived the trip and were then sold to plantation owners.


Dorothy Counts, the first African American girl to attend an all-white school school, being taunted by her peers. This girl's strength ... I can't begin to imagine.

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Underwater sculpture, in Grenada, in honor of African Ancestors who were thrown overboard the slave ships during the Middle Passage of the African Holocaust.......WOW I never knew about these sculptures, Beautiful......

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Underwater sculpture, in Grenada, in honor of our African Ancestors who were thrown overboard the slave ships during the Middle Passage of the African Holocaust.

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A collection of beautiful black dolls.

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Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman African American pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence

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Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Diahann Carroll and Harry Belafonte, George Kirby, Nipsy Russell, Sidney Poitier in the same photo? YES! Mr. Hughes wrote the script and Mr. Belafonte produced this television special called “The Strollin’ 20’s”, a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance. The show aired on CBS on February 21, 1966.

Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Diahann Carroll... - Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer

r. Rosalyn P. Scott is a ground-breaking thoracic surgeon. She is the first African American woman to be trained in this speciality. Among her other firsts are the first Mary A. Fraley Fellow at the Texas Heart Institute and first African American woman to be granted membership in the Society of University Surgeons. She was the founding member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, as well as the founding member of the Association of Black Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. Born in Ne

The Top 21: Our List of Outstanding Black Doctors

African American Woman 1890s "Woman, head and shoulders, wearing a light colored wool coat over a dark, high collared dress and large hat"

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