Ophelia DeVore (pictured), one of the first African-American models in the U.S., and the woman who pioneered the "Black Is Beautiful" Movement, is dead at 93. Devore started modeling at a time when the field was closed to Black women and had to pass for White when she enrolled in a NYC modeling school back in the 1960s. (I know, she looks like a Sistah to us, too!) DeVore founded two famous institutions. Read more, click photo.
Born in 1850 as a slave. Sarah E. Goode was the first African American woman to receive a patent in the United States. Her invention of the cabinet bed was inspired by the environment she lived in where many people lived in small houses that did not have room for large pieces of furniture. When the bed was folded up it looked like a desk and it had storage areas as a desk.
The young black janitor who changed the world ... Vivien Thomas (1910-1985). In 1944, Hopkins' surgery chief, Dr. Alfred Blalock, successfully operated on the heart of a 9-pound child, a "blue baby." As Blalock prepared to make his historic incision, he looked around the operating room and asked, "Where's Vivien?" Blalock would not begin surgery until his janitor-turned-surgical assistant, Vivien Thomas, was there to guide the procedure. Prejudice long kept Thomas' crucial role…
Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield (1824-1876) was called "the Black Swan" because of the elegance of her voice and grace of her state presence. Born a slave in Natchez, MS, she was freed when her mistress joined the Society of Friends. She began studying music in 1846. In 1854, she became the first African American singer to perform for Britain's royal family.
George Carruthers (1939-) Physicist, Scientist. Created inventions, such as the ultraviolet camera, or spectograph, which was used by NASA in the 1972 Apollo 16 flight, revealing the mysteries of space and the Earth's atmosphere.