Alberta Virginia Scott, Radcliffe’s first African-American graduate, ca. 1898  “By the second decade of the century, Radcliffe graduated more than one black woman each year. By 1920, four black women graduated in the same class. This was unheard of at the other Seven Sister colleges, where such numbers would not be achieved until the 1940s and 1950s. By 1950, Radcliffe had graduated 56 African-American undergraduates and 37 African-American graduate students.”

Alberta Virginia Scott, Radcliffe’s first African-American graduate, ca. 1898 “By the second decade of the century, Radcliffe graduated more than one black woman each year. By 1920, four black women graduated in the same class. This was unheard of at the other Seven Sister colleges, where such numbers would not be achieved until the 1940s and 1950s. By 1950, Radcliffe had graduated 56 African-American undergraduates and 37 African-American graduate students.”

The photographer Carrie Mae Weems has made a career of representing American life in terms of race, gender and class, often using her own image to illustrate her point of view.

The photographer Carrie Mae Weems has made a career of representing American life in terms of race, gender and class, often using her own image to illustrate her point of view.

Flora Sands - the only British woman to serve as a soldier in WWI (fought with Serbian army).

Flora Sands - the only British woman to serve as a soldier in WWI (fought with Serbian army).

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier.  Born a slave she became the first African American to practice medicine in Georgia

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier. Born a slave she became the first African American to practice medicine in Georgia

Black Panther Party Liberation School in Oakland, California, 1968. Photo courtesy of Victor Houston

Black Panther Party Liberation School in Oakland, California, 1968. Photo courtesy of Victor Houston

b.vikki vintage: Vintage African American / Black photos from the 1920s-1940s

b.vikki vintage: Vintage African American / Black photos from the 1920s-1940s

Women reading a news article about Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, August 1945.

Women reading a news article about Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, August 1945.

group photo,1940's

group photo,1940's

african americans in 1920's | ... Library of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

african americans in 1920's | ... Library of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Mary McLeod Bethune (7/10/1875 - 5/18/1955) founded what would become Bethune-Cookman University in 1904, financing it by selling sweet potato pies and soliciting donations from wealthy businessmen vacationing in Daytona Beach. She was one of the most influential African Americans of the early 20th century, serving as an advisor to presidents from Coolidge to Truman and a consultant to the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and founding of the UN.

Mary McLeod Bethune (7/10/1875 - 5/18/1955) founded what would become Bethune-Cookman University in 1904, financing it by selling sweet potato pies and soliciting donations from wealthy businessmen vacationing in Daytona Beach. She was one of the most influential African Americans of the early 20th century, serving as an advisor to presidents from Coolidge to Truman and a consultant to the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and founding of the UN.

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