By Kay

Have you ever wondered just what some of those images are that we used in our flyer for Black History Month 2017? Let's take a look.

Susan Baptist, of Whitehaven, Tennessee, was a projectionist, showing training films for the troops as well as more popular motion pictures. At the time of this photo, taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps for morale purposes, she had been in the WACS nine months and learned to operate the projector since enlisting. This image is part of the Visual Materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Records (Library of Congress). I was unable to find anything else about Ms. Baptist.

For further reading on African American women’s contribution to the war effort, read “When the Nation was in Need: Blacks in the Women's Army Corps during World War II,” By Martha Putney.

And finally, three African American women at a polling place, one looking at a book of registered voters, on November 5, 1957, in New York City or Newark, New Jersey. This image is from the digital collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Read more about the challenges African Americans faced to vote in “Blackballed: the Black Vote and US Democracy,” by Darryl Pinckney.