“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)
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....
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.