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"Negro" in its denotative meaning is derived from the Coptic word, Negus meaning King. It is a title for emperors of Ethiopia. [Amharic ngus, from Classical Ethiopia ngu, King, ruler, verbal adjective of naga, to rule, become king; see ng in Semitic roots.] DENOTATIVE (d-nt-tv, dn-t) adj. 1. Denoting or naming; designative. 2. Specific or direct: denotative and connotative meanings. #BlackHistory

Say Cheeese | 1940s Colorized photograph, 1940s. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

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African American children: Descriptions: Two unidentified African American children posing in front of brick and wisteria backdrop. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

Toddlers & Tiaras | 1899 Full length portrait of an unidentified a young African American girl wearing a formal white princess gown with gloves. Daniel Murray, photographer. 1899