Happy 82nd Birthday to James Earl Jones! Mr. Jones, who is almost as handsome as his father, Robert Earl Jones (!), was born 82 years ago today in Arkabutla, Mississippi! This photo was taken on May 29, 1961 by Carl Van Vechten.
Fredi Washington. Portrait by Carl Van Vechten & printed by Richard Benson. Part of the Noble Black Women: The Harlem Renaissance and After series.
Fredi Washigton by Carl Van Vechten.
Part of the Smithsonian’s Noble Black Women: The Harlem Renaissance and After series.
Pearl Bailey photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1946. Did you know that Ms. Bailey earned a B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University in 1985 at the age of 67? Initially, she majored in French, but she switched to theology “Because it’s easier to know the Lord that it is to know French.” Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library