Lola Jackson, The First Female Harlem Air Squadron Member, 1935

the-harlem-air-squadronA rare photograph of Lola Jackson (second from the right), “The First Female member” of the first Harlem “Negro Air Squadron in the world,” receiving an award from other Squadron members at the Roosevelt Field airport in Long Island, New York, on July 24th, 1935.

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The Harlem Air Squadron, NY, 1935

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A photograph of members of the Harlem Air Squadron at the Roosevelt Field Airport in Long Island, New York, 1935.

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Harlem’s James Reese Europe Invented Jazz, 1881 – 1919

image_07_02_020_jamesreeseJames Reese Europe (22 February 1881 – 9 May 1919) was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. Continue Reading →

Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White

Carl Van Vechten was a white man with a passion for blackness who played a crucial role in helping the Harlem Renaissance, a black movement, come to understand itself. Continue Reading →

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., In Harlem

In 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was still basking in the glory of his legendary triumph that ended the thirteen-month Montgomery bus boycott he had led: the U.S.Supreme Court’s 1956 decision to desegrate buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Continue Reading →