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The photographs are in color — but the injustice is as clear as black and white. On assignment for Life magazine in 1956, photographer Gordon Parks focused on an extended African-American family in...

The photographs are in color — but the injustice is as clear as black and white. On assignment for Life magazine in photographer Gordon Parks focused on an extended African-American family in.

Vivien Thomas, cardiac surgery pioneer, 1940's, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386792/?ref_=nv_sr_1 . OP: Saw the movie about this guy. Really good. It was Severus Snape and Mos Def fighting hate by fixing hearts. Good watch.

Vivien Thomas, cardiac surgery pioneer. 1940's.

Vivien Thomas, cardiac surgery pioneer, He first developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome. The movie is called "Something the Lord Made"

These members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) pose for a photograph at Camp Shanks in New York just before shipping out on February 2, 1945. These women were the first contingent of Black American WACs to go overseas during WWII.

4 Members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) pose at Camp Shanks, New York, before leaving from New York Port of Embarkation on Feb. The women are with the first contingent of Black American WACs to go overseas for the war effort.

These two are so cute!

These two are so cute!

A woman named Abby Fisher, a former slave from South Carolina, is the author of the first published African American cookbook. Born in 1832, Abby Fisher was freed after the Civil War. After she and her family moved to San Francisco, she entered her food in cooking competitions. Her recipes, especially pickles, jellies and preserves, would become an instant success with friends and the upper class. She would be known around town as “Mrs. Abby Fisher, Pickle Manufacturer.”

A woman named Abby Fisher, a former slave from South Carolina, is the author of the first published African American cookbook. Born in 1832, Abby Fisher was freed after the Civil War. After she and her family moved to San Francisco, she entered her food in cooking competitions. Her recipes, especially pickles, jellies and preserves, would become an instant success with friends and the upper class. She would be known around town as “Mrs. Abby Fisher, Pickle Manufacturer.”

African American ex-slaves sitting, original caption 'Attendants at Old Slave Day', Southern Pines, North Carolina, April 8, 1937.

African American Ex-slaves Sitting Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

African American ex-slaves sitting, original caption 'Attendants at Old Slave Day', Southern Pines, North Carolina, April

"The very first Negro spirituals were inspired by African music even if the tunes were not far from those of hymns. Some of them, which were called “shouts” were accompanied with typical dancing including hand clapping and foot tapping. Some African American religious singing at this time was referred as a “moan” (or a “groan”). Moaning (or groaning) does not imply pain. It is a kind of blissful rendition of a song, often mixed with humming and spontaneous melodic variation."

"The very first Negro spirituals were inspired by African music even if the tunes were not far from those of hymns. Some of them, which were called “shouts” were accompanied with typical dancing including hand clapping and foot tapping.

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