By Sandra Rose  | 

Black History Month

Buzzfeed News has compiled an amazing collection of pictures for Black History Month that speak to the struggles, oppression and triumphs of Black people in America. The photos range from an era when Blacks were sold as chattel to the present day when a half-Black man was elected President of the United States.

The collection of historical photographs includes a double portrait of Albro Lyons Sr. and Mary Joseph Lyons from the 19th century (above). The Lyonses owned and operated a home for black seamen, which also served as a station on the Underground Railroad, according to Buzzfeed News. Albro Lyons and his family were attacked and forced to flee New York City due to racially motivated violence during the Draft Riots prior to the start of the American Civil War.

Black History Month

An image from 1911 shows the resplendent Madam C.J. Walker posing with her equally glamorous friends in her new car. Madam C.J. Walker was the first Black woman to become a self-made millionaire in the United States.

Other photos show a young Harriet Tubman posing with a group of former slaves she helped to escape from the South in the 19th century.

There's also a photo of famed educator and reformer Booker T. Washington speaking to an awed crowd at the dedication of a cotton seed mill in Mississippi in 1899.

Visit Buzzfeed News to view the powerful collection of Black History photos, as we continue to celebrate our Black History Month.

Photos by Smith Collection / Getty Images

  • angrysolo

    So how can B Smith be rescued, is there a citizens arrest for infidelity against defenseless individuals?

  • Panther Charleston

    I've always thought of cheating as at minimum emotional battery and at worst emotional homicide. Yes, there needs to be an intervention. And he needs a good old fashioned talking to punch ?

  • Trace da Ace


  • WinterIsComing

    From the civil side, depending on which state she’s in, she could sue the whore for alienation of affection.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    These are some nice photos on Buzzfeed

  • Rayne
  • Ni Ni

    Right on sis ?(black fist)

  • WinterIsComing

    Madam CJ Walker was fly as hell! Here’s a list of restaurants with Valentines Day deals if anyone is interested

  • Roderick2011

    B Smith doesn't have any blood nieces or nephews or anyone who can help her?

  • EasyBreezy

    Adult protective services in their state? This is criminal.

  • JV

    I really enjoyed the Buzzfeed article

  • Alextra Ballard

    *Clapp'n*.....nice...ty buzzfeed newz

  • Raymond Isiah

    There is no such thing as a half-black man. Our white counterparts posit, if you have one drop of African American blood in your body, then you are an African American. Now, they want to change up their standards in an effort to steal Obama's Presidency from the African American community. This is their way of saying a black man has never been President in America. What a shame!!!

  • stav

    You know we can't have anything!

  • MsSapphire9800

    She lives in the State of New York...we do not have that crazy alienation of affection...he has power of attorney and is legally her husband....they have no children together...her parents might be decease and if she has brothers and sisters...they must be able to prove neglect...just because he took on a whore doesn't equal neglect.

  • Carrington

    I recently found out through my white relatives (the Breedlove's) that one of my grandfather's owned Sarah Breedlove's entire family, except Sarah - who happened to be born free. Sarah later married and changed her name to Madame C.J. Walker.
    Very weird to excited to be connected to someone with such rich African American history yet, want to disconnect yourself from it because your grandfather literally owned her mother, father and, all of her siblings.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Great article...but the shade..."half - black man." Obama is a black man.

  • Carrington

    But.... why do we take THAT part of racist history and embrace it while denouncing the rest. If you have a black parent and a white parent, you are as much your mother as you are your father and you are under no obligation to PICK one, and deny the other, to please people who only want to claim you for numbers sake.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Also once that law was used against Fanastia,,in NC...they removed it. You know that law wasn't meant for us.

  • WinterIsComing

    Agreed. With Raymond’s logic Elizabeth Warren is a Cherokee.

  • WinterIsComing

    Oh yeah, New York is typically more progressive than other states.

  • Carrington

    Damn good example!!! (*I'm going to steal this and store it for future "one-drop" arguments!) LOL

    You are ABSOLUTELY correct! The same ones laughing at Elizabeth are calling someone who finds out their great great great great great great grandmother was half black, "black".

  • WinterIsComing

    Lolololol the politicians didn’t want their wives suing their hoes.

  • Ni Ni

    That was shade, but i agree with it wholeheartedly.

  • Kanyade

    Loved viewing these old images.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Exactly. If he had gotten arrested for a crime, he would be described as just a black man... but he becomes President of The United States, and so he's a "half-black man". ? ?SMH

  • SpillyNillie

    These images brought tears to my eyes. Our people have come a mighty long way, but yet, so far to go!

  • country57


  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Of course, the whole birther movement, (led by the racist Donald Trump) also had the same purpose... to basically say Obama was not a legitimate President of the United States.

  • Phillybruh

    I tell you, that Martin Luther King Monument is amazing in person. You get such a feeling of pride looking at it. Great pictures!

  • hi-liter

    So Madam CJ Walker was the first Woman to be a millionaire, Black or White.....????

  • hi-liter

    It’s really Elder Abuse if she had someone on her side that can prove it.


    Imagine if they were here to see the current state of black America.?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yes, first woman to be a self-made millionaire...
    and also the first black millionaire, male or female.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    That makes sense, and I generallyagree. I don't consider someone black just because they have 1 drop of black blood.
    However, piggybacking on Raymond's point: biracial people have pretty much always been considered "black" in our society... until they achieve something great, then white people trying to diminish their blackness by calling them biracial or "half-black".

  • Yoni7

    It still baffles me that Madam CJ Walker was a hair mogul and NOW, the Chinese have taken that over. My prayer is that one day, black women reclaim that status and rule the hair business as Madam CJ Walker did.

  • Yoni7

    It probably wouldn't be such a shock.


    Hmmmmm. U might be onto something lol..

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile she was rolling that car with her crew with so much confidence. Loves it.

  • SpiceGirl

    Thanks for the pics....I just wish EVERYONE was hip to OUR history.

  • GodsGirlC


  • MsChocolate


  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. What he's doing is outrageous, but I don't think it's in any way illegal or can be termed "abusive", to the point where the court system could or would intervene.

  • Yoni7

    Think about it. We're still marching and protesting the same things that Martin did. Some are still preaching the same things that Malcolm did. We're still not allowed (per the BBQ Becky's and Starbuck Staci's of the world) to "sit" like Rosa wasn't. On the bright side, we're still educating ourselves in droves to get degree's in higher education. So although some things change.........they still remain the same.


    I don't agree.. black folks had dignity morals and class back then.. we're definitely not treated as bad as they were.. no comparison

  • Ryan

    Nice change of pace to see a positive post on African Americans in here. Thanks

  • Yoni7

    Huh? Don't agree with what? Which is fine people DO still march and protest for rights/against police brutality, just like Martin did, right? Some "hotep" people do preach of separating ourselves and starting our own businesses and schools for our children like Malcolm did, correct? We're still getting the police called (and in at least ONE instance getting arrested) on us for BBQ'n or simply SITTING in a public place the same as Rosa Parks did, no?......But ok. :yeshrug: *scratches head*

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    All of this black excellence! I love it!! Madame CJ Walker posted up like A BAWSE!!! ???


    I just wanted to take a moment to wish you ladies a Happy Valentines Day with a little old school soul.A salute to music you could really feel.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Awwh, how sweet! Thank you very much. ?

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Looks like Courtney Adeleye is on her way. Her The Mane Choice products are everywhere.


    My pleasure baby girl!

  • Yoni7

    GREAT!!! I'll have to check her out. And Jessica Dupart (sp - could be the wrong last name all together) down in NOLA is already a millionaire off of her Kaleidoscope hair products. There is also a young lady in Pittsburg, I believe that has a hair store. I think her handle is Salon Brilliance on IG. All of this makes me smile.


    No comparison. That's an insult to our ancestors

  • Yoni7

    Ok girl.


    Its not? My grandmother had to chase chicken around the neighborhood to feed her children.. I don't recall my mom saying anyone had a vehicle either lol.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    This is BEAUTIFUL! I love looking at old photos like these of Black people.

    We didn’t have much, but we were so pressed and starched! Then we also had our entrepreneurs and millionaires.

    Exhibits like this swells my heart with pride, no ignorant white person in blackface, on negative stats of black single moms (this goes way back), or Black erasure can make me less than, if anything, better than the status quo, regardless of race!

  • Alicia.Ashe

    She’s white but likes to pretend......

  • Yoni7

    Babygirl, you've totally lost me. So you have a nice day, hun. Mmkay?

  • Logan Roberts

    Black excellence indeed ????

  • Yoni7

    Thank you. Because something isn't adding up. LOL I know when my spirit doesn't sit well with a conversation. I don't need you to agree with me, but dammit, you (her) seemed to want to disagree just to argue or something. I'm good love. Enjoy. LOL

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    The photographs are beautiful for taking a walk down memory lane.
    Thanks Sandra.

  • Ebony Starr

    Excellent post!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Good stuff ???

  • Parent

    Watch the Sam Cooke doc on Netflix! It's so good!

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Gotta check out Kaleidoscope hair products and Salon Brilliance. Love to see Black women doing great things.