Academic Historian

Otis D. Alexander, Library Director at Saint John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, Florida, has also directed academic and public libraries in the District of Columbia, Indiana, Texas, and Virginia. In addition, he has been a library manager in the Virgin Islands of the United States as well as in the Republic of Liberia. His research has appeared in Public Library Quarterly, Scribner’s Encyclopedia of American Lives, and Virginia Library Journal. Alexander received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of the District of Columbia and the Master of Library & Information Science degree from Ball State University. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree from International University and studied additionally at Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership for Academic Librarians, Oberlin Conservatory of Music Voice Performance Pedagogy, and Atlanta University School of Library & Information Studies.

Julius Edward McCullough (1943- )

Composer, Clarinetist, Conductor, Political Activist, Educator Julius Edward McCullough was born on May 31, 1943, in the segregated Norfolk Community Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, to Julius Arthur McCullough, a vocalist from Ransomville, North Carolina, and Bettye Frances Farmer McCullough. They had two children.  McCullough was introduced … Read MoreJulius Edward McCullough (1943- )

Arthur “Art” Lee Shell, Jr. (1946- )

Collegiate, professional football player, coach, and advocate Arthur Lee Shell Jr. was born November 26, 1946, in North Charleston, South Carolina, to Arthur Lee Shell, Sr, a machine set operator, and Gertrude Shell, a homemaker. During his sophomore year at Bonds-Wilson High School, his mother died when he … Read MoreArthur “Art” Lee Shell, Jr. (1946- )

Kane Brown/ Kane Allen Brown (1993- )

Country music singer and lyricist Kane Allen Brown was born on October 21, 1993, in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Tabatha Brown, a European American and an unknown African American father.  He experienced homelessness with his mother, living in a car. He has one sister, Heidi Swafford. … Read MoreKane Brown/ Kane Allen Brown (1993- )

Clarence Albert Bacote (1906-1981)

Historian, political activist, and educator Clarence Albert Bacote was born on February 24, 1906, in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were Samuel William Bacote from Society Hill, South Carolina, a graduate of Richmond Theological Seminary (now Virginia Union University) and pastor at Second Baptist Church … Read MoreClarence Albert Bacote (1906-1981)