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Lucien Victor Alexis (1887-1981) who, while at Harvard, earned the nickname "The Negro Einstein". After serving as a First Lieutenant in the army during WWI he became principal of the only black high school in New Orleans and wrote a book about his thermoelectric theory.

The Negro Einstein

Her name is Frances Wilson and she was a Freedom Rider. At the time she was 23 and a student at Tennessee State University. She was one of 15 students who were expelled for participation in the Freedom Rides. In 2008, the expelled students were awarded honorary doctorates from Tennessee State University. Frances received her honorary degree in 2011.

Recognizing Valor - Profile of Charles Thomas, African-American World War II hero. Thomas became the second black soldier to receive the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest honor.

Thomas, Charles L. (614th) MOH

Black History,  The playboy bunny costume was made by a black woman designer named Zelda Wynn Valdes!


Elaine Brown #EveryMonthIsBlackHistoryMonth

Gwen & Huey Newton

Kathleen Cleaver, Esq., former Black Panther. She was the 1st female member of the Black Panther Party's decision making body. She was also the wife of Eldridge Cleaver and served as a Senior Lecturer at Yale University.

George Bridgetower (1780-1860) He was born in Poland, the son of a black man and a Polish woman. He was an accomplished violinist who premiered works by Beethoven.

The Black Cabinet

Cutting Greens : Photo

Jimmie Lee Jackson (1938 - 1965) was a civil rights protestor who was shot and killed by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler in 1965. Jackson was unarmed and attempting to protect his mother from police brutality. His death inspired the Selma to Montgomery marches, an important event in the American Civil Rights movement. He was 26 years old. — in Selma, AL.

Chica (Xica) da Silva was an 18th century slave who became a rich, elite woman through her relationship with a wealthy Portuguese diamond miner. Although sexual relations between masters and slaves were common in Brazil, the saga of Chica da Silva is noteworthy because it was a publicly acknowledged relationship. In the 1970s film, actress Zeze Motta (photo) portrayed Chica da Silva.

Chica da Silva: From slave to elite in 18th century Brazil

Edna Lewis (b.1916 - d.2006) was an African-American chef and author best known for her books on traditional Southern cuisine. She was one of eight children. Her cookbooks include The Edna Lewis Cookbook (1972). This was followed by The Taste of Country Cooking in 1976, considered a classic study of Southern cooking. She co-founded the Society for the Revival and Preservation of Southern Food, a precursor to the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). She died in Decatur, Georgia in 2006, aged 89.

Gen Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr (1912 - 2002) Leader of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, later he was the first black general in the US Air Force

Gen Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr (1912 - 2002) - Find A Grave Photos

Wallace A. Rayfield (born Macon, Georgia around May 10, 1874—1941) was the second formally educated practicing African American architect in the United States. Rayfield graduated from Pratt Institute, Columbia University in 1899 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Upon graduation, he was recruited by Booker T. Washington to the Directorship of the Architectural and Mechanical Drawing Department at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”—James Baldwin • Image: Expatriates in Paris supporting the Poor People's March on Washington, 1963. Mae Mercer, Memphis Slim, James Baldwin and Hazel Scott (who seems to be wearing a sling in a nice striped silk scarf?)

Captain Della H. Raney, the first black nurse to report to duty in the World War Two. | 10 Lesser-Known People Who Were The First To Accomplish Things - BuzzFeed News

10 Lesser-Known People Who Were The First To Accomplish Things

ELIZABETH PROCTOR THOMAS "Aunt Betty" (1821-1917), was a free black woman, farmer and landowner in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. In Sept. 1861, Union troops took her land destroying her home, to build Fort Stevens. According to Thomas, as soldiers removed her belongings, a tall, slender man dressed in black approached her and said, “It is hard, but you shall reap a great reward.” The man was President Lincoln. After the Civil War, she remained the owner of portions of the fort.

Aunt Betty's Story Marker

Nina Mae McKinney was an American actress who worked internationally in theatre, film and television after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, she was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States and was one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.

Nina Mae's Beautiful Glamorous Photographs

Africa | King Chevy-Zeh Jean Gervais King of Korou Kingdom in the Ivory Coast while attending the18th birthday and coronation celebrations of Uganda's King of the Tooro Kingdom, King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, in Karuzika Royal Palace at Fort Portal, Uganda | © Benedicte Desrus

Her Imperial Highness Princess Sara Gizaw, Duchess of Harrar by skibriye, via Flickr

The hand of King Bonoua, Ivory Coast

Marcus Garvey and the King of Dahomey

Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, born into a royal West African Dynasty, became a slave of the King of Dahomey at 5 years old. In June 1850, Commodore Forbes of H.M.S. Bonetta arrived in Dahomey and the King presented him with the girl as a gift for Queen Victoria and was taken to England. A unique and admired figure in history, she spent her life between the British Royal household and her homeland in Africa.

BLACK HOUDINI | 1920s Black magician and his assistants. From the book “A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936

The Last Full Blooded Aztec Couple