In 1947, Dr. Marie Daly became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry when she graduated from Columbia University. A trailblazer in the field of biochemistry, Dr. Daly researched the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease. #WomenInSTEM (Photo courtesy of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, D. Samuel Gottesman Library Archives)
Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village
In the heartland of Bolivia, slavery and liberation are matters of living memory. African descendants worked as slaves until 1952, when slavery was abolished. Despite their being in the area for over 500 years, the national census doesn’t acknowledge their existence. They struggle for cultural survival maintaining their identity when they perform the “Saya” a dance rooted in their African heritage.
Cordelia Russell Stiles was born into a Mecklenburg County farming family,
attended Myers Street School, Barber Scotia College, Columbia University
and New York University. An educator in various schools for twenty-five years, she served as supervisor of elementary education for Charlotte City black schools.
From: The Sam Kirkpatrick Family, PLCMC.
Shrimper & Son, circa 1978
20” x 24”
61 black-and-white photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, featuring Daufuskie Island, a unique, national landmark off the South Carolina coast inhabited by a community whose distinctive language and culture remained strongly influenced by their African heritage. The collection, an important historical record of the last bastion of Gullah/Geechee tradition, will be installed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in late 2015.