Portrait of Lois Mailou Jones circa 1998 (age 92) - Jones felt that her greatest contribution to the art world was "proof of the talent of black artists."
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
Augusta Savage, born Augusta Christine Fells (February 29, 1892 – March 26, 1962) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a rising generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.
Horace Pippin was a self-taught African-American painter. The injustice of slavery and American segregation figure prominently in many of his works. Wikipedia Born: February 22, 1888, West Chester, PA Died: July 6, 1946, West Chester, PA Artwork: Domino Players, John Brown Going to his Hanging, More Periods: Naïve art, Social realism, Harlem Renaissance
Today as part of African American History Month we honor the pioneering and courageous spirit of Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous bus boycott, Colvin at 15 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was inspired to stand up for her rights after learning about African American leaders in school. An outstanding teenager
Madame Walker: Born Sarah Breedlove on December 23,1867 on a LA plantation,a daughter of former slaves (who was orphaned at age seven and worked in the cotton fields as a child) transformed herself from farm laborer and laundress into one of he 20th century's most successful, self-made entrepreneurs.Walker made most of her fortune between 1911 and 1917 making Madam C.J. Walker the 1st Afri. Amer. woman to become a millionaire. She lived in a mansion near the Rockefellers. Biddy Craft
Mary Church Terrell (September 23, 1863 – July 24, 1954), daughter of former slaves, was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree. She became an activist who led several important associations and worked for civil rights and suffrage.
The Lynching of Jesse Washington - Jesse Washington, a teenage African-American farmhand, was lynched in Waco, Texas, on May 15, 1916, in what became a well-known example of racially motivated lynching. Washington was accused of raping and murdering the wife of his white employer in rural Robinson, Texas. There were no eyewitnesses to the crime, but during his interrogation by the McLennan County sheriff he signed a confession and described the location of the murder weapon
Lawrence Beitler (1885 - 1960) was a studio photographer who on August 7, 1930, took a photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. The photograph later sold thousands of copies and inspired the political poem "Strange Fruit" by the Jewish poet Abel Meeropol. The poem was later transformed into a song and was most famously performed by Billie Holiday.
"Rhineland Bastard" was a derogatory term used in Nazi Germany to describe Afro-German children of mixed German and African parentage, who were fathered by Africans serving as French colonial troops occupying the Rhineland after World War I. Under Nazism's racial theories, these children were considered inferior to "pure Aryans" and consigned to compulsory sterilization.