To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955
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Reblogged from usnatarchives
We’re getting a little bit tired of winter, but yesterday’s snow did make the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, look very pretty.
You can read more about the history of our building on archives.gov.
Photographs by Jeffrey Reed of the National Archives.
Reblogged from locdoclamotte
Robert Reed Church, Sr., was a millionaire business leader and philanthropist in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1865 Robert and Louisa Church settled in Memphis where the both became entrepreneurs. Luisa opened a string of beauty parlors while Robert acquired a saloon and added to his holdings over the years, eventually owning a restaurant and a downtown hotel. During the Memphis Race Riot of 1866, a white mob attached Church’s saloon, shot him and left him for dead. Church recovered and vowed to remain in Memphis despite the anti-black violence. He stayed during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 and afterwards bought considerable real estates when property values were depressed. Church used his own money to purchase a tract of land on Beale Street where he built an auditorium, landscaped the surrounding grounds, and called the venture Church’s Park and Auditorium, the first major urban recreational center in the nation owned by an African American. Valued at $100,000 when built, Church’s auditorium seated more than 2,000 people and became a renowned cultural, recreational, and civic center for black Memphians. In 1906, Church, influenced by Booker T. Washington’s National Negro Business League, founded the Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Company, the first black bank in Memphis since the collapse of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company Bank, Memphis Branch, in 1874. Throughout his years in Memphis, Church gave liberally to local school, social and civic organization and charities becoming the most prominent philanthropist in the city. Robert Reed Church, Sr. died in Memphis in 1912 at the age of 73. - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/robert-reed-church-sr-1839-1912#sthash.9xaEDDo9.dpuf
Reblogged from bobvideoarchive
This is 19-year old Whitney Houston’s very first television appearance from 1983. Clive Davis, head of Arista Records, shown here at the head of the clip, had just signed her and taken her under his wing. She hadn’t even started recording her first album but Merv Griffin had seen her perform in a nightclub and was anxious to have her on his show. She’s singing "Home" from The Wiz.