Project Tag: African American

Dorothy Sara Lee

Photo by Carl Fleischhauer. Dorothy Sara Lee Speaks During Presentation of Wax Cylinder Recordings. United States Nebraska Macy, 1983. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000607/. African American, Archives, Folklore, Ethnomusicology Dorothy Sara Lee (1951-2005) Dorothy Sara Lee was an African American folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, and consummate scholar and ethnographer of Native American and Fijian musics and cultures. Born in …

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Cornelia Walker Bailey

Photograph by Patrick Heagney. African American, Storytelling, Cultural Activism Cornelia Bailey (1945-2017) In her own words, Cornelia Bailey was a Saltwater Geechee and a storyteller. Her research, writing, cultural, and environmental activism in her birthplace in Belle Marsh on Sapelo Island, part of the Georgia Sea Islands, defined her contribution to the folklore field. Bailey …

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Audre Lorde

Photo by K. Kendall, April 1980, Austin, TX, via Flickr African American, Cultural Theory, Philosophy, Library Work Audre Lorde (1932-1992) Audre Geraldine Lorde was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet and essayist” whose work highlighted the tenets of intersectional critical theorizing in race, gender, and sexuality. Lorde was born in New York City to …

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John Gwaltney

Photographer unknown; photo sourced from prabook.com African American, Ethnography, Anthropology John Gwaltney (1928-1998) John Langston Gwaltney was a native anthropologist and folklorist whose scholarship chronicled the everyday lives of marginalized communities. Gwaltney was born in 1928 in Orange, New Jersey, as one of five children, to John Stanley Gwaltney, a merchant seaman, and Mabel Harper …

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Robert H. McNeill

Self-portrait by Robert McNeill African American, Documentary Photography, Federal Writers’ Project Robert H. McNeill (1917-2005) Robert H. McNeill was a renowned photographer of Black life and culture from the 1930s through the 1970s. Born in 1917 in Washington, DC, to Dr. William C. McNeill, a physician and medical educator and Mary A. McNeill, a DC …

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Gordon Parks

Photo by Gordon Parks African American, Documentary Photography, Film, Music Gordon Parks (1912-2006) Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was born the youngest of fifteen children in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. His parents, Andrew Jackson Parks and Sarah Ross Parks, made a modest living through farming. After his mother’s death, Parks left home at age …

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Lewis Wade Jones

Photographer unknown. Circa 1960. Photo from Tuskegee University Archives. African American, Ethnography, Sociology Lewis Wade Jones (1910-1979) Dr. Lewis Wade Jones was one of the major ethnographers of Southern rural Black life in the 20th century, at a time when formerly enslaved Blacks transitioned from sharecropping to more mechanized ways of living and work. Lewis …

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Katherine Dunham

Photo by Studio Iris. Katherine Dunham in a 1960s publicity photograph. Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200003727/ African American, Dance, Ethnography, Theater Katherine Dunham (1909-2006) Katherine Dunham, one of the first dance anthropologists and Black modern dance choreographers, was an accomplished teacher, dance scholar, …

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Ophelia Settle Egypt

Photo from from the 1925 Howard University yearbook. The Bison (Howard University 1925): page 58. African American, Ethnography, Activism Ophelia Settle Egypt (1903-1984) Born in a small town near Clarksville, Texas, in 1903, Ophelia Settle graduated from Howard University with a BA in 1925. After teaching for a year at the Orange County Training School …

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Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Jones

BESSIE JONES, A GOSPEL SINGER, LIVES ON ST. SIMON’S ISLAND, photograph by Paul Conklin in Brunswick (Ga.), May 1973. National Archives at College Park Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), Record group: Record Group 412: Records of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1944 – 2006, Agency-Assigned Identifier: 076/03/004503, via Wikimedia Commons African …

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