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Boxing legend Joe Louis and singer Dolores Parker, photographed in November 1952 at the French Casino in New York to watch the theatrical debut of then Middleweight champion, Sugar Ray Robinson, who was making his debut as a dancer. Photo: Bettmann/Corbis. | Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer

"People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in." --Rosa Park's autobiography, My Story.

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Pictures of African American women welders working in production work in a production plant during World War II, part of the homefront war effort.

Gordon Parks in Venice, Italy, listening to a recording of the rehearsal for the concerto he composed, which was performed in Venice in July 1952. Pictured with Mr. Parks are the renowned conductor Dean Dixon and his wife, Mary Mandelin, a Finnish playwright. Photo by James Whitmore//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.