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    "The Defiant Ones" A group of African American boys lounging on the hood of a car on Easter morning, Southside, Chicago, Illinois, 1941. #africanamerican #blackhistory

    1941, Convict camp, Greene County, Georgia. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

    Jacob Lawrence- Influential African American artist known for his "Migration" series

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    Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for African Americans in 1853. This was one of the first organizations for African Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to enlist African American troops to fight in the civil war. He was also the first African American to work in the US Patent Office.

    In actual numbers, African-American soldiers comprised 10% of the entire Union Army. Losses among African-Americans were high, and from all reported casualties, approximately one-third of all African-Americans enrolled in the military lost their lives during the Civil War.

    Portrait of six generations of African American women, Selma, AL, 1893. A strong history of African American Women.

    Ruth Ellis. She came out as a lesbian around 1915, and graduated from Springfield High School in 1919, at a time when fewer than seven percent of African Americans graduated from secondary school. In the 1920s, she met the only woman she ever lived with, Ceciline “Babe” Franklin. Their house was a central location for gay and lesbian parties, and also served as a refuge for African American gays and lesbians. Throughout her life, Ellis advocated for gays & lesbians, & for African Americans.

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    U.S. Marshals escorting the brave Ruby Bridges - the first African American to attend a white school. 1960

    This poster for the New York City Department of Parks was created to announce classes for swimming lessons: "Learn to swim campaign. Classes for all ages forming in all pools." The poster shows African Americans on one side and white children on the other. It was illustrated by John Wagner for the WPA Federal Art Project, c. 1940.

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    Downtown Skyport, Pier 11, East River, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott

    First Massive African American Protest in American History - July 28, 1917 - Children in New York City Participating in the Silent Protest Parade against the East St. Louis Riots. The riots in East St. Louis began when whites, angry because African Americans were employed by a factory holding government contracts, went on a rampage. Over $400,000 worth of property was destroyed. At least 40 African Americans were killed. Men, women and children were beaten, stabbed, hanged and burned. Nearly...

    Jane Bolin (1908 - 2007) was the first African American female judge in the United States. Her father, Gaius Bolin, the first African American graduate of Williams College, practiced law in Poughkeepsie. Bolin graduated from Wellesley College in 1928. She was the first black woman to graduate from Yale University School of Law and the first to be admitted to the New York City Bar Association.

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    Janet Harmon Waterford Bragg, 1932. Janet Bragg was a pioneer female African American pilot whose leadership in black pilot organizations in the 1930s created opportunities for others. She is seen here sitting on a fence at Harlem Airport, Chicago. SI-79-13664

    Gordon Parks was the first African American photographer for LIFE magazine. A visual artist who captured the trials and joys of African Americans…He was the FIRST major African American director.

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    Jim Beckwourth was an African American who played a major role in the early exploration and settlement of the American West. Although there were people of many races and nationalities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only African American who recorded his life story, and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.