Kenton Wesley Keith (1939- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" On May 26, 1992, career diplomat Kenton Wesley Keith was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to serve as U.S. ambassador to Qatar.  After U.S. Senate confirmation, Keith arrived in Ad-Dawhah (Doha), the capital of Qatar and presented his credentials on … Read MoreKenton Wesley Keith (1939- )

Benjamin “Bennie” Moten (1894-1935)

Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra Image Ownership: Public Domain As one of the most renowned big-band leaders of the 1920s, Bennie Moten succeeded in developing the “Kansas City” sound in big-band jazz.  Born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 13, 1894, Moten spent most of … Read MoreBenjamin “Bennie” Moten (1894-1935)

Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969)

Coleman Hawkins with Miles Davis Image Ownership: Public Domain Coleman Randolph Hawkins was born November 21, 1904, in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  He began his musical education early with lessons on both the piano and cello.  Despite parental encouragement towards more classic instruments, Hawkins focused on … Read MoreColeman Hawkins (1904-1969)

Isaiah T. Montgomery (1847-1924)

Isaiah Thornton Montgomery was an African American leader best known for founding the all-black town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi and for his public endorsement of black disenfranchisement. Montgomery was born enslaved on May 21, 1847 to Benjamin Thornton and Mary Lewis Montgomery on the Hurricane … Read MoreIsaiah T. Montgomery (1847-1924)