Academic Historian

Angela Hornsby-Gutting is assistant professor of history at the University of Mississippi, where her specialties include African American gender identity within the early 20th century South. Her Ph.D. in history is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hornsby-Gutting is the author of several articles and essays on the African-American experience, including “Gender and Class in Post-Emancipation Black Communities,” in the Blackwell Companion to African-American History, Alton Hornsby, Jr., editor (Blackwell Publishing, 2005) She is completing a book-length manuscript which employs feminist analysis to assess African-American male identity and community building in North Carolina during Jim Crow. She is also, within the same historical period, exploring constructions of romantic love among African American southerners.

Joycelyn Minnie Elders (1933- )

Joycelyn Elders, the former U.S. Surgeon General, was born Minnie Lee Jones in Schaal, Arkansas on August 13, 1933, to Curtis and Hailer Jones; she added the name Joycelyn when she was in college. As the eldest of eight children of sharecroppers, Joycelyn Elders experienced extreme poverty in segregated, … Read MoreJoycelyn Minnie Elders (1933- )

Jacqueline Harrison Barrett (1950- )

Jacqueline Harrison, the Sheriff of Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia, was born on November 4, 1950, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Cornelius and Ocie Perry Harrison. In 1972, she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology, concentrating in criminology at Beavers College. She received a master’s degree … Read MoreJacqueline Harrison Barrett (1950- )

Orison Rudolph Aggrey (1926-2016 )

U.S. Ambassador Orison Rudolph Aggrey was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, the son of James Emman Kwegyir, an African immigrant who became an American college professor, and Rose Rudolph (Douglass) Aggrey, an African American woman. He earned a B.S. degree from Hampton Institute, where he … Read MoreOrison Rudolph Aggrey (1926-2016 )

Lucien E. Blackwell (1931-2003)

Lucien E. Blackwell, U.S. Congressman and labor official, was born in Whitset, Pennsylvania.  He attended West Philadelphia High School, but left before obtaining his diploma.  Blackwell also served in the United States Armed Forces during the Korean War, and received the National Defense Service Medal … Read MoreLucien E. Blackwell (1931-2003)