Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was called the architect of apartheid. The racial segregation system was in existence before he became prime minister in 1958. The reason he was given such a title was that he made the system of oppression more ridged. This rare video clip shows him defending racism and apartheid. Here he masks […]Read more "Hendrik Verwoerd Defends Apartheid and Racism"
Will Vinton (1947-2018) was the developer of a type of stop motion animation known as claymation. His interest in animation came from architecture, but only later did he gain an interest in film. The process involves using clay to create the illusion of movement. This required that the character being animated would have to be […]Read more "Will Vinton Interview (1985)"
The Suffragette newspaper was produced by the Women’s Social and Political Union. This was the most prominent women’s suffrage organization in the British Empire. This issue was devoted to the memory of Emily Wilding Davison. Here Davison is shown as an angel with spectators looking on. Above her head reads a phrase “love overcometh. ” […]Read more "The Suffragette Newspaper in Memory of Emily Wilding Davison (1913)"
Ellen Sirleaf had previously fled Liberia fearing political persecution from the Samuel K. Doe government. The 1980 coup brought a military government to power, which became more repressive. Sirleaf served as Minister of Finance under the Tolbert administration, but became a critic of the regime. Taking refuge in the US, she would later return to […]Read more "Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Addresses Supporters (1986)"
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first woman to be elected head of government in the world. She was first elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 1960. The stamp of her commemorates the fifth Non-Alignment Movement summit conference in 1976. Sirimavo was chosen as the chairwoman of the Non-Alignment Movement that same year. Her […]Read more "Sirimavo Bandaranaike Stamp (1976)"
Soong Mei-ling was responsible for efforts in cementing the US-China relationship during World War II. She gave speeches and lobbied the US for support in the war against the Japanese Empire. The poster above is advertising her speech to Wellesley College in 1943. China was an important ally to the US during World War II. […]Read more "Soong Mei-Ling Wellesley College Speech Poster (1943)"
Sammy Davis Jr. was performing at a Republican Youth Rally in Miami, Florida. President Richard M. Nixon was present at the event. When he walked on stage, Sammy Davis gave him a hug. This was very ironic considering President Nixon’s open race prejudice. Prior to the election of 1972, Davis was invited to the White […]Read more "Sammy Davis Jr. Hugs Richard M. Nixon (1972)"