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Suicide Rations:  March 1945. "Tuskegee Airmen 'Escape kits' (cyanide) being distributed to fighter pilots at air base in Ramitelli, Italy." Theodore G. Lumpkin Jr., seated, with (L-R): Joseph L. "Joe" Chineworth, Memphis, Class 44-E; Robert C. Robinson, Asheville, Class 44-G; Driskell B. Ponder, Chicago, 43-I; Robert W. Williams, Ottumwa, Iowa, 44-E. (Gelatin silver print by Toni Frissell.)

Framed vintage photograph of March Tuskegee Airmen series. 'Escape kits' (cyanide) being distributed to fighter pilots at air base in Ramitelli, Italy.

✯ Tuskegee Airmen: In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military.         Civil rights & black press  exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.✯

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive: "Tuskegee Airmen" Fighter Group airmen at a briefing in Ramitelli, Italy. March Foreground: Emile G. Clifton of San Francisco and Richard S. "Rip" Harder of Brooklyn.

Great NC History Blog Image of the U.S. Colored Troops from Wilmington, NC

In the Civil War, black regiments fought for the Union Army and sustained massive casualties for their valiant fighting.

1944 France, WWII Black US soldiers, when the US armed forces were separated. They were forgotten and NOT honored as other were

African American Inventors List | African American History Inventors List! You will be suprise at what ...:

African American History Inventors List! You will be suprise at what black inventors created that we use today

40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today: What the U.S. Really Owes Black America | Alternet

Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?

Adorable Victorian couple

Funny pictures about Victorian photo booth. Oh, and cool pics about Victorian photo booth. Also, Victorian photo booth photos.

Doris "Dorie" Miller, born in Waco Texas in 1919, known for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross.

Doris "Dorie" Miller, born in Waco Texas in known for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross.

Jesse Leroy Brown: First African American Navy Fighter Pilot - YouTube

Jesse Leroy Brown: First African American Navy Fighter Pilot - YouTube

The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after   his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel.

Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death

The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel. The bag contained of bomb shrapnel, roughly two handfuls, that Mr Brown had been carrying around for 60 years

My former minister, Wyatt Walker, along with his wife, Theresa Walker in second row, far left.    Freedom Riders’ Mugshots, 1961 via teenage film.com

Freedom Riders’ Mugshots

The Freedom Riders was a movement consisted of activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States. They wanted to challenge the US supreme court 's decision that public buses were to remain segregated.

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Much of the information available on female Civil War soldiers is found in their obituaries. (NARA, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, - RG We made history long before they wrote us into it

Bethune, Roosevelt with Anderson, Brown (Library of Congress/Smithsonian/NPS)

3 Women 'Red Tails' Left Out A first lady, a civil rights icon and a pilot aided the Tuskegee Airmen, says Henry Louis Gates Jr.

African-American inventor Elijah the Real McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844, the son of escaped slaves.  During his life time McCoy received 57 patents for devices which improved versions of his automatic lubrication process. The high quality of McCoy's inventions gained such notoriety that the phrase "the Real McCoy" was coined to distinguish his inventions from cheap imitations.

Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy

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