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Today in Black History, - Oliver Lewis, riding Aristides, won the inaugural Kentucky Derby on this date in 1875 as one of the 13 black jockeys in the field of For more info, check out today's notes!

Elephant in Tiger Skin: Old Photos of New Orleans (& LA)Learning numbers.  Translyvania, Louisiana 1939

"Negro sharecropper mother teaching children numbers and alphabet in home." - January, 1939 // by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. From Shorpy

young huey p. newton, BPP founder

Huey P Newton, co-founding member of the Black Panther Party and leaders for over 2 decades. Oakland, California Amber's view: this is Huey Newton the most familar revolutionary that Delphine identified with.

Alice Coachman, 88, specialized in the high jump. An American, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 1948 London games.     "Winning that gold medal meant everything to me. I didn’t get to celebrate much after, because it was so crowded and everyone wanted to see me. But the one thing I did ask my coach for was a beer. I’d been with her for three years, so she knew that I didn’t drink or smoke. 'You, a beer?' she asked, laughing. I think I only drank about…

The Way We Were: 1948 London Olympians Look Back

Alice Coachman, was the first black woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal. She won in the 1948 London games in the high jump (Pictured here in

Mr. Sylvester Magee born in 1841 lived to the age of 130.

Sylvester Magee (1841-1971) The man who lived 130 years

Civil War veteran Sylvester Magee lived to be 130 years old . He was likely the last living human being who possessed any firsthand memory of the trials of the Civil War or institutionalized slavery.

Susan Crumbaugh was born a slave in Kentucky in 1854: She was 103 when this picture of her was taken in Lyon County, Kentucky in 1957

Susan Crumbaugh, Former Slave in Lyon County, Kentucky at Age 103 years, photograph was taken in She was born a slave in Kentucky in In "The Paducah Sun," ran a feature story on her life.

Linda Brown, third grader, the plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education. She had to walk far past the white school to get to the poorly-funded Negro school.

Linda Brown, third grader, the plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education. She had to walk far past the white school to get to the poorly-funded Negro school. Controversy began regarding 'bussing' children to school.

I have borne 13 children, and seen most sold off to slavery. And when I cried out with a mothers grief, none heard me but Jesus! quote from Aint I A Woman? by Sojourner Truth

"I have borne 13 children, and seen most sold off to slavery. And when I cried out with a mother's grief, none heard me but Jesus!" quote from "Ain't I A Woman?" by Sojourner Truth Slavery was so sad. How could we treat people this way in the South.

Bessie Coleman was the first African American Woman to fly an airplane in the year 1922. She was also the first black women to earn a pilot license. She was denied in the U.S and felt that it was her priority to follow her dreams. So she taught herself French, moved to France and got her license there where she learned different styles to flying. Including stunt flying, parachuting, and even aerial tricks.  http://www.biography.com/people/bessie-coleman-36928

A Black History Moment Bessie Coleman Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license.

Jim Perry (1858–1918) was an African American cowboy and top hand, the highest-ranked cowboy on the three million-acre XIT Ranch Texas. Perry established himself as an expert roper, rider, bronc buster, cook, and musician.

Jim Perry an African American cowboy and top hand; was the highest-ranked cowboy on a 3 million acre XIT ranch in Texas. Perry established himself as an expert roper, rider, bronc buster, cook, and musician.

Black Indians | Black Seminole Woman)

thisisqueenesther: “Black Seminole woman and child. — The Black Seminoles are an offshoot of the Gullah who escaped from rice plantations in Georgia and South Carolina. They built their own.

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Mensa Invites New Orleans Girl into Genius Society: Anala Beevers scored above a 145 on intelligence tests, and placed in the top one percent of Mensans worldwide. NOLA girls are the best ☺

This was Jeanne Calment-  she passed away in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days old. She learned to fence at 85, and was still riding a bicycle at 100. At 113 she was known as the last living person to have personally met vincent van gogh! She lived alone until 110 and was able to walk upright until almost 115. Ms. Calment is one of the longest lifetimes in documented history! What an awesome lady!

Jeanne Calment passed away at 122 years and 164 days old! She learned to fence at 85 and rode a bike at She met Vincent Van gogh! she lived alone until 110 and was able to walk upright until almost An amazing and well documented life-Wikipedia her!

The “White” Slave Children of New Orleans | 1860sSlave children Wilson, Charley, Rebecca & Rosa, 1863. Former slaves of mixed race ancestry. White Slaves Series 2 of 5 These cards were sold in 1863-1864 to help raise money to pay for schools for emancipated slaves in New Orleans. The organizers realized that the sympathies that people would have for children who looked white but had been slaves was going to be greater than the sympathy they might have for black-skinned …

1863 or 1864 - 8 former slaves toured northern states to raise money for African-American schools in New Orleans, used 4 children with mixed-race ancestry & pale complexions to evoke sympathy - Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs & Augusta Broujey

Confederate Veteran ... a number of blacks served in the Confederate Army as soldiers. Historians and students of history agree that blacks served by the thousands in the Confederate Army, but they will dispute, however, that these blacks served as soldiers, and will dismiss their service as that of servants attached to the Army.  Not so however.

a number of blacks served in the Confederate Army as soldiers. Historians and students of history agree that blacks served by the thousands in the Confederate Army. Many whites would send slaves to serve in their place.

The Aftermath - Brown v. Board at Fifty: "With an Even Hand" | Exhibitions - Library of Congress

Today in Black History, - Ruby Nell Bridges Hall was the first African American child to attend an all-White elementary school on November 1960 at William Frantz Elementary School at the age of six.

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