[PW] New York Times Article About Earliest Use of Term "African-American"

Donna Halper dlh at donnahalper.com
Wed Apr 22 13:36:50 PDT 2015


On 4/22/2015 4:33 PM, Jerilyn Marshall wrote:
> About the word "sable," I would think that in this context ("the sable
> race") it refers to the color black, not the furry animal. The OED has
> found examples of "sable" meaning "black" in heraldry and other places
> going back to the 14th century.
>    
Music Industry publications (such as Variety or Billboard) during the 
early 1900s often referred to the color of black performers as "sepia."


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