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African American Activists of the 20th Century: Selected Pictures

Portrait Gallery: Last Names A-E

The gallery below includes portraits of 20th-century African American activists of whom Prints & Photographs Division staff have been able to find images with no known restrictions on publication. This page presents individuals whose last names begin with the letters A through E, and appear in alphabetical order by the last name of the person depicted (except for Malcolm X, who appears in the "M" range). Click on an image or caption and a new browser tab will open with larger images and descriptive information about each portrait.

James Baldwin

Carl Van Vechten, photographer. Portrait of James Baldwin. 1955. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Carl Van Vechten, photographer. Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune. 1949. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Nannie Helen Burroughs

The Rotograph Co., publisher. Nannie Helen Burroughs, 1879-. Between 1900 and 1920. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

W. E. B. Du Bois

Battey, C. M. (Cornelius Marion), 1873-1927, photographer. W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois, 1868-1963. Copyrighted 1919. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.