Benjamin Mays (1895-1984)

Benjamin Mays, Christian minister, scholar, advocate for justice, and an educator, was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina on August 1, 1894, the youngest of eight children.  His parents, Louvenia Carter and Hezekiah Mays, were tenant farmers and former slaves. Mays attended Virginia Union University before … Read MoreBenjamin Mays (1895-1984)

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938)

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, writer, activist, collector, and important figure of the Harlem Renaissance was born in Saturce, Puerto Rico. His mother, a black woman, was originally from St. Croix, Danish Virgin Islands (now the U.S. Virgin Islands), and his father was a Puerto Rican of … Read MoreArturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938)

Eleanor Barrow Chase (1918-2002)

Eleanor Barrow Chase, a member of one of Spokane, Washington’s pioneer African American families, made many contributions to the city during her lifetime.  Eleanor excelled in sports and academics, graduating magna cum laude from Whitworth College with a degree in vocal music in 1941.  After … Read MoreEleanor Barrow Chase (1918-2002)