"Bob and his Fiddle" in old Georgia. Music born in adversity. Nearly every form of modern music in America has its roots in African-American culture. Rock and Roll wouldn't be around today without the Mississippi Delta blues.
Austrian boy receiving new shoes after WWII. "New Shoes" by Gerald Waller, Austria Six year-old Werfel, living in an orphanage in Austria, hugs a new pair of shoes given to him by the American Red Cross. This photo was published by Life magazine.
Thomas Andrew Dorsey is considered the father of modern gospel music. When his wife Nettie died in childbirth and he also lost his infant son, he wrote "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," which his protege Mahalia Jackson sang at the funeral of Dr King.
interesting-fact: Claudette Colvin resisted bus segregation nine months before Rosa Parks, and it is her case that went to the Supreme Court — only for her to be swept under the rug by NAACP leaders since she was a pregnant teenager.
[carte de visite portrait of a casually posed postmortum gentleman, eyes painted on, escaped from slavery. Inscription on verso reads “Lewis, who came from the south with Langhorn D. Hinkle via Cowan’s Auctions