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The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his grandson Joseph.  Photo: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his grandson Joseph. Photo: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Attendants at Old Slave Day, Southern Pines, North Carolina  April 8, 1937  Photo forms part of the Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. WPA, Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives collection  Old Slave Day was a day set aside annually for former African American slaves. Participants spent the day in the Municipal Park sharing their experiences and recollections with the thousands of people, black and white, who came to see and hear them.

Attendants at Old Slave Day, Southern Pines, North Carolina April 8, 1937 Photo forms part of the Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. WPA, Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives collection Old Slave Day was a day set aside annually for former African American slaves. Participants spent the day in the Municipal Park sharing their experiences and recollections with the thousands of people, black and white, who came to see and hear them.

Continental Airlines honors its first black pilot by naming new 737 after him. 1st black pilot with Continental Airlines who had to go through the Supreme Court to get the job. Marlon Dewitt Green (June 6, 1929 – July 6, 2009) was an African-American pilot whose landmark United States Supreme Court decision in 1963 helped dismantle racial discrimination in the American passenger airline industry..

Continental Airlines honors its first black pilot by naming new 737 after him

Continental Airlines honors its first black pilot by naming new 737 after him. 1st black pilot with Continental Airlines who had to go through the Supreme Court to get the job. Marlon Dewitt Green (June 6, 1929 – July 6, 2009) was an African-American pilot whose landmark United States Supreme Court decision in 1963 helped dismantle racial discrimination in the American passenger airline industry..

In 1921, the Greenwood Avenue district of Tulsa, Oklahoma was an exemplar of what a motivated African American middle class could accomplish. Dubbed, "The Negro Wall Street," Greenwood Avenue was populated by successful African American families, businesses, hospitals and churches. All this would change on May 31.

In 1921, the Greenwood Avenue district of Tulsa, Oklahoma was an exemplar of what a motivated African American middle class could accomplish. Dubbed, "The Negro Wall Street," Greenwood Avenue was populated by successful African American families, businesses, hospitals and churches. All this would change on May 31.

african americans in 1930's | The 332nd Fighter Group attends a briefing in Italy in 1945.

african americans in 1930's | The 332nd Fighter Group attends a briefing in Italy in 1945.

In this picture, MLK Jr. calmly removes a burnt cross someone had hammered into his lawn. There's something really haunting about the way he's nimbly pulling it out of the ground while his young son stands beside him.

The Most Powerful Photo Of Martin Luther King Jr. I've Ever Seen

In this picture, MLK Jr. calmly removes a burnt cross someone had hammered into his lawn. There's something really haunting about the way he's nimbly pulling it out of the ground while his young son stands beside him.

Civil rights protest, Virginia State University Petersburg, Va., 1960.

Civil rights protest, Virginia State University Petersburg, Va., 1960.

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