Independent Historian

Naomii Brack is an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at City of Chicago Colleges – Richard J. Daley Campus in Chicago, Illinois.  Her Ph.D. in Human Services with a Specialization in Criminal Justice is from Capella University, while her master’s degree in Administration of Criminal Justice is from Chicago State University, and her undergraduate degree of the same discipline is from Governors’ State University.  Her past endeavors include working as a corporate paralegal/legal assistant for over twenty-three years. She has authored a dissertation regarding vulnerable citizens and the justice system entitled “Dangerous Residents: Residency Placement of Violent Felons and Sex Offenders in Long-Term Nursing Facilities,” a Qualitative Analysis and a Thesis entitled “Hegemony within the Criminal Justice System,” a Qualitative Analysis.  She is the historian, coordinator, and event planner of Black History at her church. The native of the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, specializes in the victimization of vulnerable citizens in Black communities, past and present.

Rufus Calvin Kuykendall (1903-1977)

Rufus Calvin Kuykendall was an attorney, politician, and one of the first African Americans to be elected judge in Indiana’s Marion County Superior Court. Kuykendall was born on September 24, 1903 in Indianapolis, Indiana to John, a former slave from Tennessee, and Belle (Jackson) Kuykendall. … Read MoreRufus Calvin Kuykendall (1903-1977)

Curtis Theophilus Hill, Jr. (1961- )

Curtis Theophilus Hill Jr. is a prosecutor who serves as the 43rd Attorney General of Indiana. Hill was born in Elkhart, Indiana on February 21, 1961 and raised there. He graduated from Elkhart High School and then Indiana University with a degree in Marketing. He received his Juris … Read MoreCurtis Theophilus Hill, Jr. (1961- )

Garlin Gilchrist (1982- )

Garlin Gilchrist is a politician, entrepreneur, and activist serving as the 64th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. Gilchrist was born September 25, 1982, in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Farmington High School, in Farmington, Michigan. He then attended University of Michigan College of Engineering, graduating with … Read MoreGarlin Gilchrist (1982- )

Shelia Y. Oliver (1952- )

Sheila Y. Oliver is a politician and the Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. Oliver was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 14, 1952, and raised there. She graduated from Weequahic High School in 1970 and then attended Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) graduating cum laude with a degree in Sociology in 1974. … Read MoreShelia Y. Oliver (1952- )

Billy Taylor (William Edward Taylor, Jr.) (1921-2010)

Billy Taylor was an African American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, educator, and broadcaster. Born in Greenville, North Carolina on July 24, 1921, Taylor was one of two children of William, Sr., a dentist and Antoinette, a schoolteacher. When Taylor was young his family moved … Read MoreBilly Taylor (William Edward Taylor, Jr.) (1921-2010)