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The first Miss Black America pageant in 1968 Atlantic City. Saundra Williams was crowned. Remember watching the parade on it's route down Arctic Ave. Joyce Warner, from Tallahassee was crowned Miss Black America in 1971.

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Billie Holiday performs at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. (1944)

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With the perfect hourglass figure, backless dresses & silver tinted hair, jazz singer Joyce Bryant became known as "The Bronze Bombshell" AKA The Black Marilyn Monroe. She would become the first dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a 'sex-symbol'. She made her way to the stage in 1940. It was there she gained national and international acclaim for her earthy, sultry tone and figure flattering costumes.

Here is Josephine Holloway, Girl Scout pioneer, with her granddaughter. As early as 1913 a African-American troop existed (but not in the South). In 1923, Josephine worked at a Nashville shelter for women and children; in 1924, she trained as a Girl Scout leader with Juliette Gordon Lowe. That year she enlisted over 300 girls in scouting, but when she married she was forced to resign. Not til 1942 did the Nashville Council allow an official troop for Black girls. STORY at link.

Billie Holiday - Billy Holiday Sings (1952)

One of my favorite movies as a kid. Blues girl even back then.....