James Baldwin signing autographs for fans at Ludwigsburg High School in Germany, 1972.

Author James Baldwin in Germany, 1972 James Baldwin, civil rights activist & author of such works as “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “The Fire Next Time” & “Notes of a Native Son,” signs autographs for young admirers @ Ludwigsburg High School.

PRESS THE VISIT BUTTON For more information on the late great poet and writer Langston Hughes

Our beloved Langston Hughes was born 113 years ago today in Joplin, Missouri. I am going to inundate you with photos and links to his poetry today, so I hope you’re ready.

James Baldwin having a drink with his brother, David Baldwin, at a Broadway bar, 1965   ©1965

James Baldwin having a drink with his brother, David Baldwin, at a Broadway bar (image credit: Bob Adelman)

James Baldwin Homes, 131st Street and 5th Ave., Harlem; 81 Horatio St., New York City    Baldwin wrote about homosexuality and bisexuality at a time when most were afraid to do so, although he is perhaps best known for his works dealing with race, such as Notes of a Native Son. He was born in 1924 at a house that stood on a Harlem intersection. Many of his works, such as Giovanni’s Room, were groundbreaking in their graphic depictions of gay life.

James Baldwin was an essayist, playwright and novelist regarded as a highly insightful, iconic writer with works like The Fire Next Time and Another Country.

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The positively splendid Teddy Pendergrass was born 65 years ago today in Philadelphia. I’ve always had a hard time settling on a photo of Mr. Pendergrass for VBG (online) - but that won’t be a problem.

(Right, Jackie Robinson and Cab Calloway ).

Entrepreneur Rose Morgan (far right) my aunt Margaret Tynes (left) are joined by (from left) New York governor W.

Muriel Smith

Muriel Smith, photographed in 1944 by Carl Van Vechten as “Carmen,” the role she originated on Broadway. In she turned down an offer from Samuel Goldwyn to star in the film version of ”Porgy and.

Luana Knighten, wife of Tuskegee Airman, actress, photographer, co-founder of the 1946 Essence Magazine, star in "Take a Giant Step" and "The Spectrum". Her life is told in the story "Tuskegee Love Letters"

Luana Knighten, wife of Tuskegee Airman, actress, photographer, co-founder of the 1946 Essence Magazine, star in "Take a Giant Step" and "The Spectrum". Her life is told in the story "Tuskegee Love Letters"

Paul Henderson

( Photo courtesy of Maryland Historical Society / February 2012 ) Photographer Paul Henderson holds a camera.

Joan Baez and Martin Luther King, Jr. marching together (1965)

Grenada, Mississippi, Martin Luther King and singer Joan Baez marching to the Grenada, Mississippi school that was being integrated. Baez supported the effort financially. Bob Fitch/Take Stock/The Image Works

Historian Dr. Chancellor Williams, b. 12/22/1898, The Destruction of Black Civilization

Chancellor Williams (December 1898 - December was a sociologist, historian and writer.

Jane White, Actress and Singer Who Rebelled Against Racial Straitjacketing, Dies at 88 - The New York Times

Jane White, Actress and Singer Who Rebelled Against Racial Straitjacketing, Dies at 88

Jane White as Queen Aggravain in the 1959 Broadway production of “Once Upon a Mattress". The first African-American actress to portray a white character on Broadway, Ms. White originated this role in.

Malcolm X Make It Plain (Full PBS Documentary)

Malcolm X Make It Plain (Full PBS Documentary) "Malcolm is here on this board because he was the core catalyst for change in the black communities of America. He, single-handedly, was the key figure that reinforced the strides of Martin Luther King.

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