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Thelma Johnson Streat was the first African American woman to have a painting exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in 1942.

Mid-Century Breakthrough: Thelma Johnson Streat was the first African American woman to have a painting exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in

Lewis Thornton Powell… also known as Lewis Paine or Payne ... in custody at the Washington Navy Yard 1865

Assasin Lewis Payne, in Sweater, Seated and Manacled, April 1865

Amazing colorized mugshot from 1865 of Lewis Powell. It was taken during his arrest for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln and William Seward (secretary of state- they failed to kill him)

CLARK GABLE “tall, dark and handsome” actor didn’t hide his Black & Native American heritage

These Historical Figures Were Black?!

CLARK GABLE - Said to be the original “tall, dark and handsome” actor. Worth noting, that when he saw “colored” and “white” bathrooms on the set of Gone With The Wind, he refused to continue working until all of the cast members were treated equally.

The Shinnecock tribe

The Shinnecock tribe, black native Americans, hidden history in America. At the tip of Long Island, NY

Constance Baker Motley (September 14, 1921 - September 28, 2005) won 9 out of 10 cases she argued before the Supreme Court, including one that admitted James Meredith to Ole Miss. She was the first black woman admitted to Columbia Law School, to become a federal judge, and to be elected to the New York State Senate. She began her career as a clerk at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund under Thurgood Marshall where she wrote the original complaint in Brown v Board of Education. #TodayInBlackHistory

Constance Baker Motley (September 1921 - September won 9 out of 10 cases she argued before the Supreme Court, including one that admitted James Meredith to Ole Miss. She was the first black woman admitted to Columbia Law School, to become a

Jane Bolin was the first black woman to become judge in the United States (1932) . She was also the first black woman to earn a law degree from Yale, the first black...

Jane Bolin was the first black woman to become judge in the United States (1932) . She was also the first black woman to earn a law degree from Yale, the first black...

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine In 1958, LIFE's Paul Schutzer photographed activist Daisy Bates (fourth from left) as she posed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with members of the Little Rock Nine. Standing tall and proud in front of the highest court in the land, these civil rights pioneers assert their identities as Americans worthy of all every protection under the law.

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine In LIFE's Paul Schutzer photographed activist Daisy Bates (fourth from left) as she posed in front of the U. Supreme Court with members of the Little Rock Nine. Standing tall and proud in front of the highest c

Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, "I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live."

Mildred Jefferson, first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School

This defines heart-wrenching. Darryl Kennyatta being comforted by his mother, Myrlie Evers, at the funeral for his father-Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist.

Myrlie Evers comforts son Darrell Kenyatta Evers during the funeral of her husband, civil-rights activist Medgar Evers, in Jackson, Mississippi, on June Photo by John Loengard.

Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist & NAACP field secretary. He led efforts to overturn segregation at the Univ. of MS, organized boycotts of gas stations that denied Blacks use of their restrooms, vocally supported Clyde Kennard, and drove attention to the murder of Emmett Till, making him a prominent Black leader. He was shot in the back in his driveway by a white supremacist from the White Citizens' Council; it would take 30 years before the known killer would be convicted…

Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist who organized voter-registration efforts, demonstrations and boycotts of companies that practiced discrimination.

My former minister, Wyatt Walker, along with his wife, Theresa Walker in second row, far left.    Freedom Riders’ Mugshots, 1961 via teenage film.com

Freedom Riders’ Mugshots

The Freedom Riders was a movement consisted of activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States. They wanted to challenge the US supreme court 's decision that public buses were to remain segregated.

Rosa Parks, Alpha Kappa Alpha

Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks, who touched off the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott

Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist, newspaper editor and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites. She was active in the women's rights and the women's suffrage movement.

Celebrating Black History Month: February 6

I would like to take time to honor and pay tribute to Ida B. Wells was: a suffragist, women’s rights advocate, journalist, and a fearless anti-lynching crusader. In fact, Wells docum…

Dorthy Counts-Charlotte NC was actually the first black in America to step foot in an all white school. in 1957 she was treated so badly she had to leave the school after 4 days. That's 3 years before Ruby Bridges or any other integration story. She was bullied and hit with stones. The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, the leader of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to "keep her out" and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her. by tania

Dorthy Counts-Charlotte NC was actually the first black in America to step foot in an all white school. in 1957 she was treated so badly she had to leave the school after 4 days. That's 3 years before Ruby Bridges or any other integration story. She was bullied and hit with stones. The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, the leader of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to "keep her out" and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her. by tania

Lloyd L. Gaines vanished in March 1939. "Three months before he vanished, he won a U. S. Supreme Court decision (Gaines v. Canada) mandating the State of Missouri admit him into its university law school or build a separate, and equal, law school for blacks.  The case helped forge the legal framework for the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education, which banned segregation in public schools.

Interesting Lloyd Gaines vanished in March 3 months before he won a US supreme court decision (Gaines v. Canada) mandating the state of Missouri admit him into Law school or build a separate but equal school for blacks.

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