Fredi Washington refused to "pass" for white, at Hollywood's suggestion, and was therefore typecast as mixed race and never allowed a flourishing career. Her stance, however, made her an advocate among African Americans. "Imitation of Life" wow!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- A poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951 and now called HeLa cells—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping
Creator : Anderson, New York. Other Creator : Simpson, Randolph Linsly, ca. Full length portrait of "Bright" Oscar Moore, young boy in velvet suit and elaborate lace collar and cuffs. From: Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection.