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Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements.

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Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements.

Nina Mae McKinney c.1920: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 McKinney c.1920: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.

Hattie McDaniel, Actress (1895-1952) Because her 1940 Oscar win was the first ever for an African American. (After accepting it, she had to return to her segregated table at the ceremony.)

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Hattie McDaniel, Actress (1895-1952) Because her 1940 Oscar win was the first ever for an African American. (After accepting it, she had to return to her segregated table at the ceremony.)

Cette photo, datant de mars 1964, représente la seule rencontre entre Martin Luther King et Malcolm X, deux grands militants pour les droits des afro-américains. Toutefois, les deux hommes, bien que souriants et amicaux sur ce cliché, sont très souvent en désaccord. King perçoit Malcolm comme un radical qui incite à la violence sans suggérer de solutions. De son côté, Malcolm X s'opposait au pacifisme bourgeois de King et à ses idées sociales-démocrates qui visaient à réformer le…

Cette photo, datant de mars 1964, représente la seule rencontre entre Martin Luther King et Malcolm X, deux grands militants pour les droits des afro-américains. Toutefois, les deux hommes, bien que souriants et amicaux sur ce cliché, sont très souvent en désaccord. King perçoit Malcolm comme un radical qui incite à la violence sans suggérer de solutions. De son côté, Malcolm X s'opposait au pacifisme bourgeois de King et à ses idées sociales-démocrates qui visaient à réformer le…

A beautiful lady. This is Selika Lazevski, a 19th century equestrian photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. She was an écuyère who performed haute école - which means she was an equestrian who rode high school dressage in French circuses in the 19th century. She was photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. More photos at (and photo credit belongs to) Ministère de la Culture (France) and http://vintageblackglamour....

A beautiful lady. This is Selika Lazevski, a 19th century equestrian photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. She was an écuyère who performed haute école - which means she was an equestrian who rode high school dressage in French circuses in the 19th century. She was photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. More photos at (and photo credit belongs to) Ministère de la Culture (France) and http://vintageblackglamour....

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