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Sharp Dressed Young Man, 1941 African American teenage boy dressed up for the Easter parade, Chicago, Illinois, 1941. Photographer Edwin Rosskam for the U.S. Office of War Information. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Us On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

Nora Holt was the first African American to earn a master's degree in the USA. Carl Van Vechten and Nora Holt at Yale, June 22, 1955

Janet Collins was the first and only African American to become Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1951). That was almost 65 years ago and she alone today still holds that accomplishment.

Angelina Weld Grimke --- author of the first staged play by an African American

African American History - Freedman Memorial Cemetery

from Retrorambling

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

Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African Americans in aviation history.