Émile Drousie

Independent Historian
Émile Drousie is a French exchange student at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was born in Toulouse, France’s fourth biggest city, and moved to Paris in 2015 where he began attending Sciences Po. There, he studied social sciences with an emphasis on political science and international relations. Back to France, he will start a master’s degree in International Security.

Melvin Carter (1979- )

Melvin Carter Inaugurated as Mayor of St. Paul, January 2, 2018 Image Ownership: Public domain Thirty-eight-year old politician Melvin Carter III was born in 1979 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the first African American to serve as Mayor of the second-largest city in Minnesota. Carter was elected … Read MoreMelvin Carter (1979- )

Stephen A. Smith (1967- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Stephen Anthony Smith is a sports commentator on ESPN. Alongside Max Kellerman, Smith is a featured commentator on ESPN’s First Take, a show reviewing daily sports news. Smith’s parents came from the United States Virgin Islands, and his dad was a baseball and basketball star … Read MoreStephen A. Smith (1967- )

David Barksdale (1947-1974)

Image Ownership: Public domain American gang leader David Barksdale was born on May 24, 1947 in Sallis, Mississippi although his full name was “Donise David Barksdale.” He was the son of Virginia and Charlie Barksdale and grew up with his twelve other brothers and sisters. The Barksdale family moved … Read MoreDavid Barksdale (1947-1974)

Sylvester Turner (1954- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Politician and lawyer Sylvester Turner was born in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston, Texas on September 27, 1954. He was elected mayor of Houston in 2015 thus becoming the city’s second African American mayor. Turner was raised among eight other brothers and sisters by … Read MoreSylvester Turner (1954- )

Gratien Candace (1873-1953)

Image Ownership: Public domain French teacher and politician Gratien Candace was born on December 18, 1873 in Guadeloupe, a French overseas territory. His father Edouard was born in Guadeloupe as well, only two years before slavery was formally abolished in France, in 1848. Candace is the first French black politician to hold … Read MoreGratien Candace (1873-1953)

Joe Nathan Ballard (1942- )

U.S. Army Officer Joe Nathan Ballard was born on March 27, 1942, in Meeker, Louisiana. He grew up in Oakdale, Louisiana and later married former Tessie LaRose with whom he had three children. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1965 and last promoted in 1996 to the … Read MoreJoe Nathan Ballard (1942- )