Will Guzmán

Academic Historian

Will Guzmán is professor of history at Prairie View A&M University who authored Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism. His next book will be on the biography of New Jersey civil rights attorney Raymond A. Brown. He is also editing Maceo C. Dailey’s biography on Emmett Jay Scott and co-editing a book on Florida’s Black Power Movement.

Follow Will on Twitter: @ebeyiye.

Imari Abubakari Obadele, I (1930-2010)

Imari Obadele, black power activist, reparations advocate, and college professor, is best known as co-founder of the Republic of New Afrika. Obadele was born Richard Bullock Henry on May 2, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His homemaker mother, Vera N. Robinson Henry, and his father, Walter … Read MoreImari Abubakari Obadele, I (1930-2010)

Maude E. Craig Sampson Williams (1880-1958)

Maude Craig, public school teacher, suffragist, civil rights and community activist, was born in Austin, Texas in February 1880 to Marie Sanders Craig, a homemaker, and George Washington Craig, a grocer. In 1900, Craig graduated from Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College (now Prairie … Read MoreMaude E. Craig Sampson Williams (1880-1958)

James Nathaniel Eaton, Sr. (1930-2004)

James N. Eaton, archivist, curator, museum founder, distinguished professor of history and pioneering architect of the Black studies movement in Florida was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 14, 1930 to Sarah Cousin Eaton, a domestic, and John Jasper Eaton, Sr., a broom maker, World … Read MoreJames Nathaniel Eaton, Sr. (1930-2004)

Lee Frank Hagan (1945-1986)

Lee Frank Hagan, professor and academic administrator, was born July 28, 1945 in Brunswick, Georgia to Melvania Rhymes-Hagan, a Nurse Assistant; and Felton Hagan, a maintenance supervisor.  Lee was one of four children: Oadline, Jerome and Maurice.  In 1952, the Hagan family migrated to Newark, New Jersey where Lee graduated from … Read MoreLee Frank Hagan (1945-1986)

Drusilla Elizabeth Tandy Nixon (1899-1990)

Drusilla Elizabeth (née Tandy) Nixon, civil rights activist, community advocate, and music educator, was born on July 15, 1899 in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Maud Grant Tandy and John Clifford Tandy.  She attended Toledo’s Waite High where she was the only black student in her class.  Drusilla wrote for the school magazine, … Read MoreDrusilla Elizabeth Tandy Nixon (1899-1990)

Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Jr. (1943-2015)

Image Ownership: Public domain Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Jr., historian, professor, publisher, and academic administrator, was born July 4, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia to Marguerite L. Britton, a Manheimer Pharmacy clerk, and Maceo C. Dailey, Sr., a Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard steel worker.  Dailey was the oldest of eight children. At … Read MoreMaceo Crenshaw Dailey, Jr. (1943-2015)