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White patrons walked behind “sit and squat” demonstrators on April 24, 1961, at the Blue Boar cafeteria which refused to serve blacks. The cafeteria had unknowingly served four “light-skinned Negroes” the same day, according to The Courier-Journal. (Courier-Journal file photo)

White patrons walked behind “sit and squat” demonstrators on April 24, 1961, at the Blue Boar cafeteria which refused to serve blacks. The cafeteria had unknowingly served four “light-skinned Negroes” the same day, according to The Courier-Journal. (Courier-Journal file photo)

Henrietta Lacks's cells were priceless, but her family can't afford a hospital

The first legally married interracial couple in Alabama, writer and activist Alice Walker and civil-rights attorney Mel Leventhal found that breaking boundaries also put a strain on their marriage. After they split, daughter Rebecca moved every two years between her father's East Coast home to her mother's Berkeley, Calif., neighborhood. Her memoir, 'Black and White and Jewish,' recalls the difficulty in growing up mixed race with politically prominent parents.

The Devastated Wetlands: Photographer Gerald Herbert on the Oil Spill's Deadly Toll

The first legally married interracial couple in Alabama, writer and activist Alice Walker and civil-rights attorney Mel Leventhal found that breaking boundaries also put a strain on their marriage. After they split, daughter Rebecca moved every two years between her father's East Coast home to her mother's Berkeley, Calif., neighborhood. Her memoir, 'Black and White and Jewish,' recalls the difficulty in growing up mixed race with politically prominent parents.

Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman Black pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence

Electronic Field Trip to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky

Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman Black pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence

Photo Postcard of African American Girl with her Blond Doll

Real Photo Postcard African American Girl with her Blond Doll - Mother and Child

African American children: Descriptions: Two unidentified African American children posing in front of brick and wisteria backdrop.     Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

African American children: Descriptions: Two unidentified African American children posing in front of brick and wisteria backdrop. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

The first people in China were Black An international study has found that the Chinese people originated not from Peking Man in northern China, but from early humans in East Africa who moved through South Asia to China some thousands of years ago.

The first people in China were Black An international study has found that the Chinese people originated not from Peking Man in northern China, but from early humans in East Africa who moved through South Asia to China some thousands of years ago.

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