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Florynce Kennedy, civil rights lawyer, feminist, political activist, eccentric, New York, August 1, 1969; Photograph by Richard Avedon. In the 1970s Kennedy traveled the lecture circuit with writer Gloria Steinem. If a man asked the pair if they were lesbians — a stereotype of feminists at the time — Flo would quote TiGrace Atkinson and answer, "Are you my alternative?" In 1974, People magazine wrote that she was "The biggest, loudest and, indisputably, the rudest mouth on the battleground...

Henrietta Lacks died in 1951; her cells lived on. She has contributed more to modern science than anyone all without consent or knowledge. Polio vaccine, Cancer research, AIDS research/vaccine, genetic mapping, 11,000 patents -- all from the HeLa cell line.

Edmonia Lewis. Mary Edmonia Lewis,1844–1907. First African American & Native American woman to gain fame & recognition as a sculptor in the International Fine Arts world. Ms Lewis attended Oberlin College in 1882 and lived in Boston for a time before moving to Rome. She spent most of her adult career in Rome and until recently it was assumed she had died there. However she appears to have died in London,Eng. Her work, The Death of Cleopatra is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) was an African American folklorist and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, best known for the 1937 novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Fannie Lou Hamer was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown on her wedding day in 1912. Founder of the historic Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina, Ms. Brown was also one of the invaluable suffragists who worked for black women to have the same equal rights black men and white women were fighting for in the early 20th century. She was also the great aunt of singer Natalie Cole. In fact, she raised Natalie’s mother and her sisters (her brother’s children) when their mother died in childbirth. Ms. Brown died in 1961.

American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.

Viola Liuzzo was murdered on March 25, 1965 after the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March. She is the only white woman honored at the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial.

Lena Horne & Silky Hendricks | 1945 by Black History Album, via Flickr

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. The French Resistance was a group of individuals who helped to win the war against the German Nazis enemy with undercover work. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.

Andrew Goodman (November 23, 1943, – June 21, 1964) was one of three American civil rights activists murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi...

Public Servant to watch...Attorney General of California.

Three Black Congressmen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Lynch Lynch was a Mississippi congressman during the Reconstruction era. He was born a slave to his white father Patrick Lynch. His mother Catherine White was a slave of mixed European and African heritage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_DePriest Oscar Stanton De Priest (March 9, 1871 - May 12, 1951) was an American lawmaker and civil rights advocate who served as a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1929 to

Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986) NASA Teacher in Space Project participant, one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challengre disaster.

He Documented Atrocities (1943) Sgt. William A Scott, III -- was a military photographer with the 183rd Engineer Combat Battalion **************************** African Americans were among the liberators of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp His photographs recorded African-American soldiers at the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Scott's pictures are now part of a video record of the liberation of Buchenwald on display at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. ...

Vintage 1946, Cotton Club, Harlem, NYC

LaVern Baker (1960) // The first Black artist to file a legal grievance against white artists who produced pop covers of their hits. This reminds me of "Hair Spray" how there would be a "Black channel" and a "white channel" and most of the white music was stolen from the African Americans and produced to cater to the whites, and the original artists couldn't do a thing about it.

1890- Kapiolani, wife of the Hawaiian king, founds a small medical center for women and children. It will one day grow to become the birthplace of President Barack Obama of the United States.

We have always known Mother Teresa as an old wrinkled woman. This is a pic of a beautiful 18 year old Mother Teresa.