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.

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

African American Inventors

African American Inventors

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

Hazel Scott was one of the most prominent African Americans of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. One of the premier pianists of her time, she traveled the world playing classical and jazz music. Scott began appearing in films in the 1940s and by the 1950s was such a popular presence that she earned the distinction of becoming the first Black woman to host her own television show, The Hazel Scott Show, which aired in 1950.

Hazel Scott was one of the most prominent African Americans of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. One of the premier pianists of her time, she traveled the world playing classical and jazz music. Scott began appearing in films in the 1940s and by the 1950s was such a popular presence that she earned the distinction of becoming the first Black woman to host her own television show, The Hazel Scott Show, which aired in 1950.

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.

Sadie T.M Alexander, 1st African-American woman to receive a PhD in the U.S. in 1921 & 1st African-Ameican to graduate from Univ. of Penn Law School & admitted to PA Bar

Sadie T.M Alexander, 1st African-American woman to receive a PhD in the U.S. in 1921 & 1st African-Ameican to graduate from Univ. of Penn Law School & admitted to PA Bar

The Frank family: Otto, Anne, Edith and Margot.

The Frank family: Otto, Anne, Edith and Margot.

AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER | CIRCA 1900— Turn-of-the-century wedding portrait of an unidentified African American couple.

AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER | CIRCA 1900— Turn-of-the-century wedding portrait of an unidentified African American couple.

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