Moneta Sleet, Jr. (1926-1996)

Image Ownership: Public domain Moneta Sleet, Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer involved in the Civil Rights movement, was born on February 14, 1926. His parents, Ozetta Allensworth Sleet and Moneta Sleet, Sr., raised him in Owensboro, Kentucky. At a very young age, his parents gave him a small box camera, … Read MoreMoneta Sleet, Jr. (1926-1996)

William McBryar (1861-1941)

William McBryar was a biracial buffalo soldier whose received the Medal of Honor for his participation in the 1890 Cherry Creek Campaign in Arizona Territory. McBryar was born on February 14, 1861 in Elizabethtown, North Carolina to Rose McBryar, an African American, and a white father whose name is unknown. McBryar attended … Read MoreWilliam McBryar (1861-1941)

Allen E. Broussard (1929-1996)

As a young activist, Allen Broussard fought for racial justice, equal opportunity, and civil liberties.  Those campaigns inspired him to study the law.  He connected with the community throughout his career as an attorney, judge, and committee member.  Broussard authored key opinions on the death … Read MoreAllen E. Broussard (1929-1996)

Julia Jeter Cleckley (1944- )

Brigadier General Julia Jeter Cleckley was the first African American female General in the U.S. Army National Guard. Cleckley spent twenty-eight years in the active Army National Guard, rising in the ranks and breaking barriers. She was the first person of color in many positions throughout her … Read MoreJulia Jeter Cleckley (1944- )

Charles Edward Freeman (1933- )

Charles E. Freeman is the first and only African American to serve on the State of Illinois Supreme Court, representing the First Judicial District of Illinois. Freeman was born in 1933 in Richmond, Virginia.  A 1954 graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Freeman served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to … Read MoreCharles Edward Freeman (1933- )

Joseph C. Carter (1956- )

Joseph C. Carter was an accomplished individual with a blemished past. Carter enlisted in the National Guard and served with them in reserves from 1974 to 2012. In 1978 Carter joined the Boston, Massachusetts Police Department (BPD) where he served as a patrol officer, detective, patrol supervisor, Deputy … Read MoreJoseph C. Carter (1956- )

Michael D. Rochelle (1950- )

Michael D. Rochelle is a retired Lieutenant General in the United States Army who served in the military for more than thirty years. Born in 1950, he graduated from Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Education in 1972. At Norfolk State, Rochelle participated … Read MoreMichael D. Rochelle (1950- )