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By John F McKenna (McJack): In 1941 Joe Louis defended his title 7 times, including his classic match against the great Light Heavyweight Champion Billy Co

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948.  Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

Midcentury Breakthrough: Classic Beauty: Thelma Porter, Miss Subways (New York City) 1948 Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April

Tyson's first fight with "Cus" D' Amato

Mike Tyson and trainer Cus D'amato before his first professional fight - 1985

Vintage Photograph African American

Miss Sarah Bowman. She and her father run a school in Frimond Bay.

Seminole woman with baby, circa 1905. Original copyright by John Chamberlin. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division,

Seminole woman with baby, circa Original copyright by John Chamberlin. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division,

Mugshots of Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961. I love their faces and the range of emotions. All the tiny and not so tiny smiles, as if they know something. I wonder if they knew they'd win. by ofelia

Mugshots of civil rights activist Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, They fought for the rights of others. We must not ever forget their commitment to the civil rights movement.

Anthony Bowen founded the first African American YMCA in 1853.

Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for Black Americans in This was one of the first organizations for Black Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to.

Pauli Murray, civil rights lawyer and Episcopal priest, was born in 1910. She became the first African American person to earn a doctorate at Yale Law School in 1965. Murray also co-founded the National Organization for Women. In 1977, Murray made history again when she became ordained as an Episcopal priest.

Dr Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray, first black woman Episcopal priest, among her many other notable accomplishments.

Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman Black pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence #aviationmechanic

Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman Black pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence #aviationmechanic

I don't know what it is, but this photo is simply beautiful

Mother and daughter 1941 :: Mother grooming her daughter for healthiest-baby contest held at all African American fair :: Memphis, TN 1941 by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

A Forgotten Heroine: Civil rights activist Daisy Bates fought to dismantle Arkansas’ segregation laws.

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A Forgotten Heroine: Civil rights activist Daisy Bates fought to dismantle Arkansas’ segregation laws. (And looked fabulous while doing it!

From the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Marion Stark Gaines Photograph Collection; Photograph of an African American woman shelling peas, circa 1890s.

From the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Marion Stark Gaines Photograph Collection; Photograph of an African American woman shelling peas, circa

CPT Dovey (Johnson) Roundtree, WAAC/WAC, a native of Charlotte, NC, was a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta and a protégée of the influential African American educator, Mary McLeod Bethune, when she was selected as a member of the first class of officer candidates of the WAAC in 1942. After the war, CPT Roundtree used the G.I. Bill to attend Howard University Law School. When she graduated with her law degree in 1950, there were only 83 black women lawyers in the United States.

CPT Dovey (Johnson) Roundtree, WAAC/WAC, a native of Charlotte, NC, was a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta and a protégée of the influential African American educator, Mary McLeod Bethune, when she was selected as a member of the first class of officer candidates of the WAAC in 1942. After the war, CPT Roundtree used the G.I. Bill to attend Howard University Law School. When she graduated with her law degree in 1950, there were only 83 black women lawyers in the United States.

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