Dr. Ralph Bunche (far right) with some of his friends at Harvard University, circa 1930. Dr. Bunche (1904-1971) was born in Detroit but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Los Angeles, where he was valedictorian and graduated summa cum laude from UCLA. He earned a master’s degree in political science from Harvard in 1932 and taught at Howard University as he earned his doctorate from Harvard. Dr. Bunche played a critical role in the founding of the United Nations even as he maintained his duties as chair of the Political Science department at Howard, a position he held from 1928 to 1950. As Undersecretary General of the UN, his successful negotiation of four armistice agreements that ended the first Arab-Israeli war in 1949 led to him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. He was the first African-American - and the first person of color anywhere in the world - to be awarded the prize. Photo: Los Angeles Public Library
Madam C.J. Walker and several friends in her automobile.
She was the first woman in America to become a millionaire by her own endeavors, as well as the first African American millionaire.
IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR | THE BLACK VICTORIANS
Proud Black Man & His Daughter, 1890s
Two girls with former slave Sabre “Mother” Washington, Pittsburgh, early 1950s. Teenie Harris. [Carnegie Museum of Art]
One of the girls, a neighbor of Washington’s, discovered the photograph years later. Washington, who grew up in South Carolina before moving to Pittsburgh, passed away in 1960 at the age of 113.
In 1930, he applied to the University of Maryland Law School, but was denied admission because he was Black.
After amassing an impressive record of Supreme Court challenges to state-sponsored discrimination, including the landmark Brown v. Board decision in 1954, President John F. Kennedy appointed Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Carmen Jones (Dorothy Dandridge) and her soldier, Joe (Harry Belafonte).
Billie Holiday photographed by Maya Millett in 1958 (courtesy Ebony Magazine)
Denise Nicholas as school counselor Liz McIntyre from the groundbreaking television show, “Room 222” in September 1969. Ms. Nicholas also starred in - and wrote for - the drama, “In the Heat of the Night” in the 1980s and was once married to the singer-songwriter, Bill Withers. In 2005, she released her debut novel “Freshwater Road,” which was loosely based on her own life. The novel follows a young Michigan woman’s journey south as a volunteer during 1964’s “Freedom Summer.” Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images.
Old enough to remember this show. She was bee-yoo-ti-ful.
A great piece about James Edwards and his work.
Patton (1970 dir. F. Schaffner) was Edwards’ last film. Sadly he passed before its release. George C. Scott (in)famously turned down his Oscar award for portraying General Patton, but did state, "Maybe I’ll accept the Oscar in James Edwards’ name. He deserved the Oscar 20 years ago and Sidney Poitier knows it.”
Martin Luther King Jr removing a burned cross from his front yard with his son at his side. Atlanta Ga 1960.
Marian Anderson, singing during an Easter Sunday concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. The concert was broadcast on the radio across the nation and the integrated audience of 75,000 including members of the Supreme Court, Congress, and President Roosevelt’s cabinet. The concert was organized after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Ms. Anderson to sing to an integrated audience at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. solely because of her race. Photo via The Library of Congress.
Howard University students photographed in their dorm by LIFE magazine’s Alfred Eisenstaedt for a November 1946 photo essay. See other Howard students here.
Gene Lyons can go eat a bag of expired, sour dicks and also!
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- Baby It's Cold Outside is the Blurred Lines of Christmas music.