Florence Mills in 1923. She was born in 1895, to ex-slaves in a Washington, D.C. slum. By the age of four, she was performing on stage. By the 1920s, she was the toast of Broadway and London and the first black woman featured in Vogue. Her trademark song, ‘I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird’ was a protest against racial inequality. Mills died in 1927, aged only 31.
#912. Traveltalks: Looking at London, August, 2016. A colorful travelogue of London's most historic buildings and the residual damage still left from WWII is presented. London is rebuilding after World War II. Featured are views of Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and the destruction caused by the bombing of areas surrounding St. Paul's Cathedral.
Grace Bumbry, an opera singer from St. Louis, is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She debuted in London in 1959, and with the Paris Opera the following year. In 1961, she was featured in Bayreuth, Germany’s Wagner Festival. The first African American to sing there, Bumbry was an international sensation and won the Wagner Medal. She is credited for paving the way for future African American opera and classical singers. Missouri History Museum
An elderly man sleeps on an old wooden chair, whilst a lady covered with a blanket lies on a bed of boxes, under the railway arches somewhere in South East London, probably in November 1940. It is not possible to identify which of the many railway arches used as air raid shelters during the Second World War is featured in this sequence of photographs, although it is probable that it is at Dockley Road in Bermondsey. Stainer St. Arch and Druid St. Arch in Bermondsey were both used as…