Helen Mitchell, 1920's Black Vaudevillian Actress This is a scan of an old publicity photograph of Helen Mitchell, a 1920's black Vaudevillian actress who performed in various productions written by Noble Sissle Eubie Blak
Macon Allen was the first African American to graduate was the first African American licensed to practice law in the United States, in Maine in 1844. He is also believed to be the first to hold a judicial position.
Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment.
Josephine Premice with Earle Hyman on the cover of Jet, May 1956. He would go on to become Grandpa Huxtable on The Cosby Show and Ms. Premice's daughter Susan Fales-Hill would end up writing and producing for both The Cosby Show and A Different World.
45 years ago this month, Richard and Mildred Loving were banned from the state of Virginia, and took their case all the way up to the supreme court and won. Opening the way for interracial couples in the US to love and marry legally. Bless them.
Black Women who were Lynched in America More research has revealed there are over 150 documented cases of African American women lynched in America. Four of them were known to have been pregnant. You can see the full list at the post Recorded Cases of Black Female Lynching Victims 1886-1957: More on Black Women Who Were Lynched.)