Jimmy Fenison

Independent Historian

Jimmy B. Fenison is a 2009 graduate in history from the University of Washington.  He was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1978.  He served four years active duty in the U.S. Army and would like to express thanks for an influential African American in his life: “I would like to thank my Command Sergeant Major, Leon Hite III, in the Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, for his honor and integrity towards all 2500 (approx.) soldiers of mixed race and ethnicity under his leadership including me, his driver for three years.”

Roscoe Robinson, Jr (1928-1993)

Roscoe Robinson, Jr., the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Army, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928.  He received a bachelor’s in military engineering from The United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1951 and later attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  He … Read MoreRoscoe Robinson, Jr (1928-1993)

Joseph James (? — ?)

Joseph James Sings at a Marinship Ship Launch, ca. 1943 (San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park) Image Ownership: Public Domain Joseph James was president of San Francisco National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  In 1944 he won a successful lawsuit, James v. … Read MoreJoseph James (? — ?)

Charles W. Anderson Jr. (1907-1960)

Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1935, Charles W. Anderson became the first black legislator in Kentucky and in the South since the Reconstruction.  He championed the cause of civil rights in Kentucky including greatly improving the access of African Americans to education during six terms … Read MoreCharles W. Anderson Jr. (1907-1960)

Kansas Industrial and Educational Institute (1895-1919)

Kansas Industrial and Educational Institute,  ca. 1905 Image Ownership: Public Domain The institute was known in Topeka as the “Western Tuskegee,” was the result of  the work of Lizzie Riddick, a prominent member of the Colored Women’s Suffrage Association, and Edward Stephens.  Riddick and Stephens … Read MoreKansas Industrial and Educational Institute (1895-1919)

Charles Sherrod (1937-)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Charles Sherrod was a key civil rights leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) whose leadership led to the Albany Movement in southwest Georgia. Born in extreme poverty to his fourteen-year old mother in 1937 in St. Petersburg, Virginia, he … Read MoreCharles Sherrod (1937-)

Jr. [“Guy”] Bluford Guion Stewart (1942- )

Guy Bluford, a member of the SDS-8 space shuttle Challenger crew in 1983, was the first African American in space.  Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bluford was interested in math and science and knew he wanted to work in aerospace engineering before graduating high school.  His … Read MoreJr. [“Guy”] Bluford Guion Stewart (1942- )