Black Victoriana: Part Two

African American men I received an overwhelming response to the blog post Black Victoriana, so I decided to post more photos of African Americans from way back when.  My Black Victoriana post, to date, has received the most views and comments of any other blog post that I have ever done since starting my blog in 2011.  My other posts do not even come anywhere near the views and comments that Black Victoriana has received.  My main reason for posting those photos is because I wanted people to see African Americans from the late 19th and early to middle 20th century in a different light.  It is a way that is how we represented ourselves daily back in the day.  We are not a group of people who mostly grew up in ghettos, turned to drugs and did not care about educating ourselves.  The reality was quite the opposite. Continue reading →

A Poignant Photo

Slave of the Minor Family, Amherst, Virginia

Slave of the Minor Family, Amherst, Virginia

Yesterday on my personal Facebook page, I posted a number of photos to mark the first day of Black History month.  This one received the most comments from both of my white and black Facebook friends.  Everyone was affected by it.  It is quite moving and many people wondered what she was thinking as she sat and waited to be photographed. Continue reading →

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Born Michael King on January 15, 1929, his father changed his name to Martin Luther after the German monk and Reformist.  If his physical life had not been cut short on April 4, 1968, he would have just celebrated his 85th birthday.  Martin Luther King Jr. was only 39 years old when he left us. Continue reading →