President George H.W. Bush sits in the cockpit of his aircraft during World War II after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest pilot to fight in the Navy at the time.
Journalist Daisy Bates gazes out of a broken window of her home during the Civil Rights Movement in 1958, one year after she helped the Little Rock Nine attend school during desegregation
During the early 20th century, Oscar Micheaux revolutionizes film by directing the Homesteader (1919), the first film directed by an African-American.
1890: George Dixon becomes the first African-American world boxing champion.
The premiere of Peyton Place in 1964 marked the birth of the primetime serial. “The continuing story of Peyton Place” was an instant hit, airing three nights a week at the height of its popularity.
Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, shows her timeless beauty in a black and white portrait in 1950.
Civil rights advocate Malcolm X gives a look of deep thought as he gazes forward in 1960
B.B. King is the epitome of a living legend. The blues singer pioneered the way for others using only a guitar and his signature soulful voice, seen here as an up-and-coming artist in 1948 in Memphis, Tennesse
Betty Shabazz, wife of radical civil rights leader Malcolm X, follows the lead of her husband as an advocate for equal civil rights through controversial approaches.