Malcolm X

Martin Luther King, Jr with his father and son, Atlanta, Georgia, March 22, 1963. Photo by Richard Avedon.

"We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary." Malcom X

Donyale Luna, 1966, once called “the reincarnation of Nefertiti”, the first black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue, photo by David Bailey. Gorgeous.

“It's so much easier for me to talk about my life in front of two thousand people than it is one-to-one. I'm a real defensive person, because if you were sensitive in my neighborhood you were something to eat.” ~ Richard Pryor

Winnie and Nelson Mandela, 1962

Martin & Malcolm

"By any means necessary"- Malcom X holding a M1 Carbine and peering behind a curtain in response to death threats against him and his family 1964.

1963. Sidney Poitier. Harry Belafonte. Washington, D.C.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali and their daughters

Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, born in Texas in 1892, was the first female African American pilot, and the first African American to obtain an international pilot’s license.

malcolm x - el hajj malik al shabazz - beginning prayer

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier. Born a slave she became the first African American to practice medicine in Georgia

James Earl Jones, May 29, 1961 Photo by Carl Van Vechten

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his grandson Joseph. Photo: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

"Educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown on her wedding day, 1912. Founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina, Ms. Brown was also a suffragist who worked for black women to have the same rights black men and white women were fighting for in the early 20th century. She was also the great aunt of singer Natalie Cole. In fact, she raised Natalie’s mother Maria and her sisters (her brother’s children) when their mother died in childbirth."

Pearl Bailey is often forgotten as one of Hollywood's most beautiful women due to the era when Hollywood did not find women of color as beautiful. Hollywood was wrong because Ms. Pearl is a beautiful classic and timeless beauty that is often emulated.

In Spring 1960, Ruby Bridges was one of several African-Americans in New Orleans to take a test to determine which children would be the first to attend integrated schools. Six students were chosen, however, two students decided to stay at their old school, and three were transferred to Mcdonough. Ruby was the only one assigned to William Frantz. Her father initially was reluctant, but her mother felt strongly that the move was needed not only to give her own daughter a better education, but...

Daughters of Malcolm X....Amazing!