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Percy Rodriguez  was a Canadian Afro-Portugese character, stage, voice-over and film actor. (Peyton Place series) 1918-2007

Percy Rodriguez was a Canadian Afro-Portugese character, stage, voice-over and film actor. (Peyton Place series) 1918-2007

Oscar Michaux Mr. Micheaux was the prolific writer, director and producer of more than 44 films between 1919 and 1948. His films dealt with the African American struggle for equality in a hostile world.

Old Black Hollywood Stars You Should Know

Oscar Michaux Mr. Micheaux was the prolific writer, director and producer of more than 44 films between 1919 and 1948. His films dealt with the African American struggle for equality in a hostile world.

Nathan Francis Mossell (1856-1946) was an African American doctor who helped establish the first black hospital in Philadelphia.

Nathan Francis Mossell (1856-1946) was an African American doctor who helped establish the first black hospital in Philadelphia.

Actor Robert Earl Jones by Carl Van Vechten. The father of James Earl Jones, he appeared in Oscar Michaeux films, on Broadway and with Robert Redford in The Sting. In the 1930s, he was a boxer and the sparring partner of Joe Louis. Blacklisted in the 1950s, he appeared in an uncredited role as the club employee who offers Harry Belafonte a “piece of iron” in the 1959 film noir Odds Against Tomorrow.

Actor Robert Earl Jones by Carl Van Vechten. The father of James Earl Jones, he appeared in Oscar Michaeux films, on Broadway and with Robert Redford in The Sting. In the 1930s, he was a boxer and the sparring partner of Joe Louis. Blacklisted in the 1950s, he appeared in an uncredited role as the club employee who offers Harry Belafonte a “piece of iron” in the 1959 film noir Odds Against Tomorrow.

Herbert Jeffries | OLD HOLLYWOOD" / Herbert "Herb" Jeffries (1913- )This velvet-toned jazz baritone and sometime actor was (and perhaps still is) virtually unknown to white audiences. Yet, back in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Herb Jeffries was very big...in black-cast films. Today he is respected and remembered as a pioneer who broke down rusted-shut racial doors in Hollywood and ultimately displayed a positive image as a black actor on celluloid.

Herbert Jeffries | OLD HOLLYWOOD" / Herbert "Herb" Jeffries (1913- )This velvet-toned jazz baritone and sometime actor was (and perhaps still is) virtually unknown to white audiences. Yet, back in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Herb Jeffries was very big...in black-cast films. Today he is respected and remembered as a pioneer who broke down rusted-shut racial doors in Hollywood and ultimately displayed a positive image as a black actor on celluloid.

Martin Luther King Jr.  1929 - 1968.  Clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement

100+ Portraits of Iconic People of All Time

Martin Luther King Jr. 1929 - 1968. Clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement

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