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Men of "The Great Migration" - African American men ca. 1910s-1940s

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    Handsome young men! I recently read a book about the Great Migration called ''The Warmth of Other Suns,'' by Isabelle Wilkerson. Wonderful book, comprehensive- l learned a lot. She reports that the Great Migration continued through the early 70s.

J. Mayo "Ink" Williams (September 25, 1896 - January 2, 1980) was an early recording executive for "race records" with Paramount and Decca. He also had his own labels, Black Patti briefly in the 1920's and the longer-lasting Ebony Records from 1946 until his death. He prayed football and ran track at Brown, then played in the NFL for 5 years and coached football at Morehouse during the Depression. #TodayInBlackHistory

Ivy League Black History

1913, September 26 (Kentucky)- Joseph Leitchield

Africans Unite | 1913, September 26 (Kentucky)- Joseph Leitchield

Elegant Couple, 1910.

cab calloway in his zoot suit, 1943

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    You find the neatest photos & history pieces

♍ Marjorie Lee Brown (September 9, 1914 – October 19, 1979) was a notable mathematics educator and has the distinction of being the third African American woman to earn a PhD in mathematics. She graduated with a B.S. degree in mathematics from Howard University in 1935, a M.S. and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1939 and 1950 respectively. She was a member of the faculty at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC until 1979 when she retired.

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Confederate Veteran ... a number of Blacks served in the Confederate Army as soldiers. Historians and students of history agree that blacks served by the thousands in the Confederate Army, but they will dispute, however, that these blacks served as soldiers, and will dismiss their service as that of servants attached to the Army. Not so however.

Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School.

Mildred Blount was the first important Black woman milliner, or hat maker. She made fine hats that were exhibited in the World's Fair in 1939 and her career took off from there. Her hats were featured in Hollywood movies like Gone With the Wind, and many famous actresses wore her creations on top their heads. One of her hats was eventually featured on the cover of Ladies Home Journal.

Euzhan Palcy - the first black woman to direct a Hollywood feature film.

Euzhan Palcy - IMDb

1928 newlyweds

Mrs. Johnson spent as much as 1.5 million per year in the 1970s and 1980s buying fashions for the Ebony Fashion Fair. Here, she poses with designer Bill Blass and a model in 1971.

How a Couture Pioneer Changed Fashion

Susan Porter, Photographer James Van Der Zee’s cousin (1915)

Black History Album .... The Way We Were

On the front page of this scarce black newspaper published from 1907-1916, educator Booker T. Washington writes a letter expressing shock and dismay concerning the brutal lynching of 4 blacks (2 men & 2 women) for the crime of whipping a policeman at Monticello, Georgia. He condemns lawlessness on the part of blacks, but says it doesn't give others the right to also commit lawless acts. He strongly asserts that law and order is what is needed among all peoples.

November 10, 1898 - Two days after the local elections in Wilmington, NC, the democratically elected and biracial government was overthrown by Democratic Party White Supremacists. Over 1,500 white men participated in an attack on the black newspaper, burning down the building. They ran officials and community leaders out of the city, and killed many blacks in widespread attacks. Although originally described as a race riot, it is now perceived as the only coup d'etat in US history.

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Ella Fitzgerald (The First Lady of song and the Queen of Jazz. Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.)

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Arthur Smith was labeled as the first African American Jewelry Designer during the mid-20th century.Showing artistic talent at a young age, Smith received a scholarship to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. After graduating in 1940, he enrolled in a jewelry-making class at NYU where he learned the basic technique of jewelry making. It wasn’t until he met Winifred Mason, that he began to focus and truly develop his true artistic skills.

CHIC Fancy Black History Through Fashion and Style: Arthur Smith

“Beautiful Black Men” by Nikki Giovanni

Bob Marley & Rita Marley wedding day.


Francine Everett - Although never given accolades parallel to her contemporaries in mainstream films, Francine Everett’s unyielding determination to epitomize African American women in a quintessential fashion defines her importance in black film nostalgia. - See more at:

Eve Arnold - Dolls manufactured to celebrate Black is Beautiful. Harlem, New York. 1968. S)

A Ku Klux Klan member dangles a hangman's noose from a car as a warning to Blacks to stay away from polling places in the municipal primary in Miami on May 3, 1939. Despite the threats, 616 Blacks voted.

Debutante Ball

Langston Hughes at Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC - 1925

And you thought they only lynched men.