Edgardo Ortuno (1970- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Edgardo Ortuno, Afro-Uruguayan professor, politician, and activist for human rights and equal opportunities, was born on June 10, 1970 in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Ortuno’s childhood experiences had a profound impact on his adult life. Growing up as an Afro-Uruguayan … Read MoreEdgardo Ortuno (1970- )

BlackPast.org (2007- )

Blackpast.org (www.blackpast.org) is the largest web-based free content reference center currently on the Internet that is dedicated primarily to the understanding of African American history and the history of people of African ancestry.  The website’s most popular feature is an online encyclopedia which includes nearly … Read MoreBlackPast.org (2007- )

Anthony “Van” Jones (1968- )

Van Jones is a social-environmental activist and the Obama administration’s former “Green Czar.” He was born in 1968 in Jackson, Tennessee. His mother and father were a high school teacher and junior-high principal respectively. While growing up, Jones was a stereotypical “geek,” going so far … Read MoreAnthony “Van” Jones (1968- )

Venus Ebony Starr Williams (1980- )

Top-ranked professional female tennis player Venus Williams was born June 17, 1980 in Lynnwood, California. She is the daughter of Richard Williams and Oracene Price. Both parents coached Venus and her younger sister, Serena, who is also a top-ranked professional tennis player. Venus Williams, the … Read MoreVenus Ebony Starr Williams (1980- )

Alexander “Al” Green (1947 – )

Alexander “Al” Green, Congressional representative of the 9th District of Houston, Texas and long time civil rights advocate, was born on 1st September 1947.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Green attended Florida A&M University in 1971 and later Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University).  … Read MoreAlexander “Al” Green (1947 – )