Garry C. Dean (?- )

Garry C. Dean is a retired Air Force Major General. Little is known about his place or date of birth or his early life.  In December 2008, Major General Dean became Oregon’s first African American two-star. He also was the first African American National Guardsmen … Read MoreGarry C. Dean (?- )

Henry W. Furniss (1868-1955)

Henry W. Furniss built a distinguished career as a doctor and diplomat. Furniss served in the diplomatic corps, first in Brazil and then as the American ambassador to Haiti. He stayed in that post through two administrations after which he returned to the United States … Read MoreHenry W. Furniss (1868-1955)

Dale Brown Emeagwali (1954- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Dale Brown Emeagwali is a distinguished American scientist who is best known for her investigational research in the fields of microbiology and oncology. Emeagwali was born on December 24th, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, and was the youngest of three children. Her mother, Doris Brown, … Read MoreDale Brown Emeagwali (1954- )

Wilton Daniel Gregory (1947- )

Wilton D. Gregory is a Roman Catholic archbishop and scholar.  He was born on December 7, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois as the oldest of the three children of Wilton D. Gregory Sr. and the former Etta Duncan who later divorced.  His reverence for parish priests … Read MoreWilton Daniel Gregory (1947- )

Marian R. Croak (1955- )

Marian R. Croak has contributed to the expansion of technology, especially Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), throughout her career. Croak attended the University of California and Princeton University, graduating with a Ph.D. in Qualitative Analysis and Social Psychology in 1982. Little is known about the … Read MoreMarian R. Croak (1955- )

Andrew Jackson Foster, II (1925-1987)

Andrew Foster, also known as the “Father of Deaf Education in Africa,” was an educator and pioneering foreign missionary for the deaf. Born on June 27, 1925 in the Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, Foster was the eldest of the four children. His father Wiley … Read MoreAndrew Jackson Foster, II (1925-1987)

Charles Walter Dryden (1920-2008)

Charles W. Dryden was a Tuskegee Airman, author, and professor. Born on September 16, 1920 in New York City, Dryden was the son of Jamaican immigrant parents Charles Levy Tucker Dryden, a World War I veteran and teacher, and Violet Adina Buckley Dryden, also a … Read MoreCharles Walter Dryden (1920-2008)

E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971)

Elmer Simms Campbell was an early syndicated cartoonist and jazz critic.  Born on January 2, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri, Campbell was the son of Elmer Cary Campbell, a high school chemistry teacher and assistant principal, and Elizabeth Simms Campbell, also a teacher. Inspired by … Read MoreE. Simms Campbell (1906-1971)

George Joseph Herriman (1880-1944)

George Herriman was one of the first syndicated cartoonists of African descent. The son of mulatto Creole parents George Herriman, Jr., a tailor, and the former Clara Morel, Herriman was born in New Orleans on August 22, 1880. At age ten, his family relocated to … Read MoreGeorge Joseph Herriman (1880-1944)

J. R. Todd (1981- )

J. R. Todd, a leading drag racer and crew chief, was the first African American to win a Top Fuel competition sponsored by the National Hot Rod Association.  He was born Mario Luther Todd Jr. in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on December 16, 1981 to Mario Luther … Read MoreJ. R. Todd (1981- )