African Americans history is full of business pioneers and the beauty product industry is no exception. From the more well-know Madam C. J. Walker to modern day mogul Rihanna.
One boy in particular struck me because he was selling copies of The Chicago Defender, one of the largest African American newspapers during the 20th century, which still exists today in digital format.
Read about how tuberculosis affected the African American population during the 1940s and the nurses that helped to treat them – the Black Angels.
From the Civil War to World War II to the present day, African American nurses have devoted their lives to serving their communities.
If you are interested in midwifery within the African and African American community, the Library of Congress has a few items that may interest you.
Now, in 2020, Netflix will air a series, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker, and I decided that it was past time she got her own post.
In 1865, the American Civil War ended and the Reconstruction era began. On March 3rd of that year, an act to incorporate the first black savings bank, Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (The Freedman’s Bank), was approved. Discover the history of the Freedman’s Bank in our collections.
The Western Appeal and the Appeal were noted African-American weekly newspapers published in St. Paul that covered news but also provided a way for African American businesses to advertise in the St. Paul area. The publication was celebrating their quarto-centennial (25th) anniversary and along with this souvenir edition, the paper held a celebration at the Junior Pioneer Hall that featured a number of speeches and musical performances.
In June 2017 the Washington Post featured a story about The Negro Motorist Green Book published from the mid 1930’s until the late 1960‘s and used by African American travelers in the United States. I had heard about them and figured we had them, which we do (New York Public Library has digitized a number […]
Today’s post was written by Denise Dempsey a Science Reference Librarian who has previously written about the women featured in the motion picture “Hidden Figures” and the post “A Family of Pharmacists”. Among the photographs in the Picture This blog post, Portraits of Nineteenth Century African American Women Activists Newly Available Online, is one of […]