As the first salaried Black musician at a major studio, he was a leader in shaping the sound of movies—though he was often uncredited.
As one activist said, “If our story is to be told, we will have to write it and photograph it and disseminate it ourselves.”
In 1925, an anthology of Black creative work heralded the arrival of a movement that had been years in the making.
As a style of Afro-Cuban music and dance, mambo was considered "primitive." And not just by white North Americans.
What was it like for Black American music lovers during the age of segregation to find a place they could call their own?