Civil Rights Activists: Ruby Dee did more than just light up the silver screen. Active in the Civil Rights Movement, she is seen attending a press conference for the relatives of 21 Black Panthers that were arrested in 1969. (Photo by George Mattson/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Caption on back reads: "Miss Gladys Theus, one of the fastest and most efficient welders at the Kaiser Company Permanente Metals Corporation yards near Oakland, Calif., is sticking to her job until final victory is won. A native of Pueblo, Col., she has been employed in the shipyard for the last two years. She says: 'Everytime I put in one more day on a ship, I know we are moving one day closer to V-E and V-J Days.'" - From the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Jackie "Moms" Mabley born in Brevard, North Carolina on March 19, 1894. "Moms" was a stand-up comedienne. At the age of 15, Mabley ran away to Cleveland, Ohio with a travelling minstrel show where she began singing and entertaining. By the 1950s, she was one of the top women doing stand-up and earning $10,000 per week at the Apollo Theater.
Born 2 January in 1911, the brilliant African-American sociologist and historian St. Clair Drake with Horace Cayton, was the author of the hallmark work Black Metropolis. Towards the end of his life he worked on his magnificent classic volume, Black Folk: Here and There. A learned and humble man, Dr. Drake served as special advisor to Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.
Gerald Lawson is recalled as the "father of home video games," having developed the first home #video game system with interchangeable game cartridges in the 1970s. This spawned today’s universe of Playstations and Xboxes, according to the NY Times. Jerry Lawson often was the subject of disbelief among people who could not imagine he was the engineer responsible for such innovations as director of engineering and marketing for the newly formed video game division of Fairchild Semiconductor.