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    U.S. Marshals escorting the brave Ruby Bridges. She became the poster child for integration of schools.

    Ruby Bridges - an American hero

    Brown vs.Board of Education, 1954 was the case of all cases. It was the First supreme court case where African American children were allowed to go to school with white children.

    "I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”-Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 – March 10, 1913) African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War.

    African-American woman “weeps as she clutches infant after white policeman rescued the child from a teargas-filled home…. Woman’s hysteria, it was feared, might have touched off a new outbreak, but the rescue of four children inside the house calmed the crowd.” Atlanta Riot, 1966.

    In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the 1974 NYC marathon (women's division) with a time of 3:07:29.

    Black Women who were Lynched in America More research has revealed there are over 150 documented cases of African American women lynched in America. Four of them were known to have been pregnant. You can see the full list at the post Recorded Cases of Black Female Lynching Victims 1886-1957: More on Black Women Who Were Lynched.)

    Although it's an incredibly chilling time in history, it's an amazing photo. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics which were held in Nazi Germany. So much for Hitler's superior race....

    June, 1964. Black children integrate the swimming pool of the Monson Motel. To force them out, the owner pours acid into the water.....

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    An African mother and slave nursing for a white master's baby.

    This is a photo of the first Black girl to attend an all white school in the United States—Dorothy Counts—being jeered and taunted by her white, male peers. This photo encompasses a lot of things that I really hate: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality…but it also encompasses strength, determination, inspiration.

    When Anita Florence Hemmings applied to Vassar in 1893, there was nothing in her records to indicate that she would be any different from the 103 other girls who were entering the class of 1897. But by August 1897, the world as well as the college had discovered her secret: Anita Hemmings was Vassar’s first black graduate — more than 40 years before the college opened its doors to African Americans.

    The Little Rock Nine were a group of African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The ensuing Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, and then attended after the intervention of President Eisenhower.

    African American male standing on buggy, facing camera, stripped, deep lacerations and wounds, his handcuffed hands placed to cover his genitals, ca. 1900

    Women in Chicago being arrested for wearing one piece bathing suits without the required leg coverings, 1922. Crazy.

    June 20, 1943 "In Detroit, this very day marks the beginning of a violent, race-fueled riot that lasted for days and left dozens dead and countless others injured. Of the persons killed, 25 were African American and 17 of that group were struck down by police officers."

    26-year-old Associated Press photographer Jack Thornell famously captured this Pulitzer Prize-winning image of James Meredith, the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, after he was wounded by a sniper while leading a march to encourage African Americans to vote. When the attack happened, Thornell was sitting in his car; he took two rolls of pictures of Meredith, but never put down his camera to offer his wounded subject help.

    Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. March 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made 13 missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage

    This poster for the New York City Department of Parks was created to announce classes for swimming lessons: "Learn to swim campaign. Classes for all ages forming in all pools." The poster shows African Americans on one side and white children on the other. It was illustrated by John Wagner for the WPA Federal Art Project, c. 1940.

    Separated: This image shows a neon sign, also in Mobile, Alabama, marking a separate entrance for African Americans encouraged by the Jim Crow laws - article and more pictures