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“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.”  “We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom.” – Mary McLeod Bethune  (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955), African-American educator best known for starting a school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach, Florida that eventually grew to be Bethune-Cookman College.

“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” “We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom.” – Mary McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955), African-American educator best known for starting a school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach, Florida that eventually grew to be Bethune-Cookman College.

Vivien Theodore Thomas [August 29, 1910-November 26, 1985] Surgical technician who developed procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. Without any education past high school, he rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons.  A television film based on his life entitled “Something The Lord Made” premiered in May 2004 on HBO. (http://youtu.be/UmiRohBSy5Y)

Vivien Theodore Thomas [August 29, 1910-November 26, 1985] Surgical technician who developed procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. Without any education past high school, he rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons. A television film based on his life entitled “Something The Lord Made” premiered in May 2004 on HBO. (http://youtu.be/UmiRohBSy5Y)

A beautiful lady. This is Selika Lazevski, a 19th century equestrian photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. She was an écuyère who performed haute école - which means she was an equestrian who rode high school dressage in French circuses in the 19th century. She was photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. More photos at (and photo credit belongs to) Ministère de la Culture (France) and http://vintageblackglamour....

A beautiful lady. This is Selika Lazevski, a 19th century equestrian photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. She was an écuyère who performed haute école - which means she was an equestrian who rode high school dressage in French circuses in the 19th century. She was photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. More photos at (and photo credit belongs to) Ministère de la Culture (France) and http://vintageblackglamour....

NOT a vintage photo - 1800s  CORRECTION -- This is a modern photograph which I discovered and found it had been mislabeled.

NOT a vintage photo - 1800s CORRECTION -- This is a modern photograph which I discovered and found it had been mislabeled.

Mary Church Terrell (September 23, 1863 – July 24, 1954), daughter of former slaves, was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree. She became an activist who led several important associations and worked for civil rights and suffrage.

Mary Church Terrell (September 23, 1863 – July 24, 1954), daughter of former slaves, was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree. She became an activist who led several important associations and worked for civil rights and suffrage.

“Violence is Black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years worth of education.”   ― Julian Bond (image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Julian_Bond.jpg)

“Violence is Black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years worth of education.” ― Julian Bond (image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Julian_Bond.jpg)

Theresa Harris, 1940s film actress. Theresa Harris (December 31, 1906 – October 8, 1985) was an American television and film actress.

Theresa Harris, 1940s film actress. Theresa Harris (December 31, 1906 – October 8, 1985) was an American television and film actress.

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier was the first Black American woman licensed to practice medicine in Georgia.

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier was the first Black American woman licensed to practice medicine in Georgia.

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