Congressman John Conyers (1929- )

John Conyers Jr., who served in the U.S. Congress for 52, years from 1965 to 2017, was born on May 16, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan.  He attended public schools and graduated in 1947 from Northwestern High School.  After high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined … Read MoreCongressman John Conyers (1929- )

Lorenzo Romar (1958- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Longtime University of Washington head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar was born November 13, 1958, and grew up in Compton, California, where he went on to play at Cerritos Community College after high school. After playing two years for Cerritos, he transferred … Read MoreLorenzo Romar (1958- )

Maurice E. Washington (1956- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Maurice E. Washington is a Reno, Nevada businessman and pastor who is best known as a former Republican member of the Nevada State Senate. Washington was born on July 25, 1956, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to Nevada where he … Read MoreMaurice E. Washington (1956- )

Harrison B. Wilson Jr. (1925– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Esteemed educator, legendary basketball coach, and successful university president, Harrison Wilson Jr. was born on April 21, 1925, in Amsterdam, a small city in upstate New York. His mother Marguerite Ayers was a school teacher, and his father Harrison Wilson Sr. … Read MoreHarrison B. Wilson Jr. (1925– )

Brice Union Taylor (1902-1974)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Born on July 4, 1902 in Seattle, Washington, Brice Union Taylor was an athlete who broke racial barriers for African American football players.  Brice Taylor is perhaps best known as the University of Southern California’s first All-American football player. A descendant of the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and African slaves, he was the … Read MoreBrice Union Taylor (1902-1974)

John Robert Thompson, Jr. (1941- )

Born in Washington, D.C. on September 2, 1941, legendary basketball coach-emeritus John Thompson, Jr., arose from segregated public-housing and asphalt playground-courts to the polished hardwoods of collegiate and professional basketball, becoming the first African American head coach — in any major college sport– to win … Read MoreJohn Robert Thompson, Jr. (1941- )

Alma Shealey Adams (1946-)

Congresswoman Alma Shealey Adams currently represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.  She is the 100th woman elected to that legislative body and the second African American woman, after Eva Clayton, to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Congress. … Read MoreAlma Shealey Adams (1946-)

David Benjamin Bolen (1923- )

Ambassador David Bolen Presenting His Credentials to East German Chancellor Eric Honeker, 1977 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Outstanding college athlete and diplomat David Benjamin Bolen, the son of a postal worker, was born in the rural hamlet of Heflin, Louisiana on December 23, 1923. As … Read MoreDavid Benjamin Bolen (1923- )