Richard Theodore Greener (1844-1922) was the first Black graduate of Harvard University (Class of 1870). His papers, including his Harvard diploma, his law license, photos and papers connected to his diplomatic role in Russia and his friendship with President Ulysses S. Grant, were recently discovered in an attic on the South Side of Chicago - just before the house was demolished. Absolutely MONUMENTAL!
In the days of film, especially in a controlled setting, photographers often made redundant shots to make sure they captured what they wanted. Not Charles “Teenie” Harris. A native of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the city’s cultural center of African-American life, Harris was a semi-pro athlete and a numbers runner before he bought his first camera in the 1930s. He opened a photography studio and specialized in glamour portraits, earning the nickname “One Shot” because he rarely made his subjects sit for a second take. (read more)
Today we honor the memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this photo, taken by Ernest Withers, King is confronted at the funeral of Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist and World War II veteran assassinated in June 1963.
Ernest Withers was an African-American photojournalist who was born and worked in Memphis. He documented the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1960s. His self-published pamphlet of photographs on the Emmit Till murder helped spur the equal rights movement.
Withers described his first-hand involvement with the movement: “I’ve never been so scared in my life as I was in some of those places. You’d go into town with one of those big four-by-five press cameras…you couldn’t hide it anyplace. That camera was the first thing people would go for.”
Withers forged a close personal relationship with King, Evers, and James Meredith. His visual records of events like the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and King’s assassination were often the first - and sometimes the only - photographs to document these events as they unfolded. Often this happened before the national press took up the stories. Withers reminds us that in the 1950s and early 1960s, the black papers were not part of the national wire services.
Image: Ernest C. Withers (American, 1922–2007) Dr. Martin Luther King Is Confronted: Dr. King is stopped by police at Medgar Evers’ funeral, Jackson, Mississippi, June 1963 From the portfolio I am a Man, 1963 Gelatin silver print Oberlin Friends of Art Fund AMAM 2004.6.6
She’s beautiful. At least one, perhaps two, of my great-great (maybe one more great) uncles escaped slavery by fleeing into Canada (one on his 13th attempt). And then disappeared. At least I’ve not found record of them anywhere yet, but will keep looking.
Vrouwen. Een Bundu meisje uit Sierra Leone Centraal Afrika na een rituele wassing in inheemse feestkledij. Tot aan het moment dat zij ‘vrouw’ wordt, mag zij geen katoenen doeken over haar lichaam dragen. Foto 1925.
Women.ABundugirl fromSierra Leone.
1925. Dang. I think whoever “invented” the bikini might owe some folks some royalties…