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    "Christine King Farris, sister of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., smiles as President Barack Obama is sworn in on her brother’s bible as she watches from Ebenezer Baptist Church following the 45th Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service in Atlanta, Georgia, January 21, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell"

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Kay George Roberts is the founder and music director of the New England Orchestra. An accomplished violinist, the first woman to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Yale University where she studied with Ott-Werner Mueller. She is the Nancy Donahue Professor in the Arts at UMass. She received a B.A., music, Fisk University; M.M. Violin Performance, Yale; M.M.A., Violin Performance, Yale, and Orchestral Conducting, Yale; and D.M.A.; Orchestral Conducting, Yale University.

Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer-songwriter and record producer. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums and won eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track "Dance with My Father".

Secret Black Surgeon: Dr. HAMILTON NAKI, 1967 first successful heart transplant,Cape Town. But he could never appear because he was Black. Apartheid a Black man, could not operate on Caucasian patients or touch their blood. White,Chief surgeon, Dr. Christian Barnard, immediately became a celebrity. Hamilton Naki was not allowed to appear on photos with the team. If he accidentally got on a picture, the hospital said he was with the cleaning service, making ​him a secret surgeon

Slavery: The Arabic-speaking countries remain the world's foremost refuge of slavery, from child and sex trafficking in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states to actual chattel slavery in Sudan and Mauritania. Indeed, Islamists throughout the Middle East have had no qualms advocating the legalization of slavery.

SLAVERY TODAY (2012) in Mauritania has an ethnic legacy going back hundreds of years, black Africans serving lighter skinned Arabs. The practice was outlawed in 2007, but as this CNN special report reveals, there has only been one conviction.

I never knew about her... Sad!

Joan Higginbotham is the third African American woman to go in space

Joan Higginbotham, astronaut

United States of America history... does your child know who all of these great women are? L-R: Stephanie Wilson (NASA Astronaut), Joan Higginbotham (NASA Astronaut), Mae Jemison (NASA Astronaut), Yvonne Cagle (NASA Astronaut), Sharon McDougle (Spacesuit Team Manager). Not pictured is Dr. Jeannette Epps (NASA Astronaut)

Dr. Mae Jemison was the 1st African American woman Nasa astronaut and out in space. One of her quotes were “When I’m asked about the relevance to Black people of what I do, I take that as an affront. It presupposes that Black people have never been involved in exploring the heavens, but this is not so. Ancient African empires — Mali, Songhai, Egypt — had scientists, astronomers. The fact is that space and its resources belong to all of us, not to any one group.

Bessie Coleman was the world's first black female pilot and the first woman to receive an international pilot's license. She flew in the United States 3 years before Amelia Earhart.

Bessie Coleman | Bessie Coleman aka "Brave Bessie" or "Queen Bess” |

Tony Hansberry II, is a 9th-grader. The new sewing technique he has developed helps to to reduce the risk of complications and simplifies the hysterectomy procedure for less seasoned surgeons. He is only 15 years old, but has already become instrumental in developing an advanced surgical stitching procedure used in hysterectomies

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.

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY: July 15, 1952: An eight-year-old singer named Gladys Knight appears on the popular TV show Ted Mack's Amateur Hour, show on the now-defunct Dumont Television Network, and wins the first prize of $2000 for her rendition of Nat King Cole's "Too Young." In five years, she would be an established recording artist.

Tia and Tamera Mowry as babies with their parents. crazy

Louisiana Creole People | French Creoles | Free People of Color

Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color by Sybil Kein. $16.54. Publisher: LSU Press (August 1, 2000). 369 pages

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*'White' slaves used for 1860s fundraiser propaganda Lighter skinned slave children of mixed race heritage were used as part of a fundraising campaign to help struggling African American schools in 1860s New Orleans. Campaign organizers believed the lighter complexioned children would help boost donations to their cause.

:::::::::::: Antique Photograph :::::::::::: Sweet Sisters 1860

pics of american mullato slaves | Mulattoes, Mixed Race, and Creoles

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Children of Perdition: Melungeons and the Struggle of Mixed America

The Cherokee Language ... I can not tell you how many times I have watched this. ♥