One of the first female black aviators. Janet Bragg, Nurse, Aviator and Businesswoman.1930s. Janet Harmon Bragg, one of the first female black aviators, describes how she faced adversity nearly all her life not only because she was black, but also be
The first Black pianist to win national fame was Thomas Greene Bethune, [Blind Tom]. He was also the first black artist known to have performed at the White House. Then about ten years old, he played the piano for President James Buchanan. Born a slave near Columbus, Georgia, Bethune’s talent as a composer and a pianist was soon recognized by Colonel Bethune, who had purchased him in 1850.
This is a scan of an old, 1920's era, photograph of a black Vaudevillian actress named Katherine Yarbrough. She performed in musicals written by the famed team, Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle. From "Reminiscing With Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake."
Before Madam C.J. Walker there was Annie Turnbo Malone, " The Forgotten Entrepreneur" (1869-1957) A chemist and entrepreneur, Annie Turnbo Malone became a millionaire by successfully developing and marketing hair products for black women in St. Louis. She used her wealth to promote the advancement of African Americans and gave away most of her money to charity.
“Selma Burke’s commissioned sculpture of President Roosevelt is on every American dime!” Dorothy Brangman Selma Burke (1900-1995) African American sculptor and educator who founded two art schools. In 1940 she opened the Selma Burke School of Sculpture in New York City and the following year graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia …