Darius Aidan Gray (1945– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" African American Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church activist Darius Gray was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Elsie Johnson and Darius McKinley Gray on December 12, 1945. His mother was a domestic worker (maid), and his father a handyman. His grandfather, … Read MoreDarius Aidan Gray (1945– )

Melissa Harris-Perry (1973– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Melissa Harris-Perry is an American author, professor, television host, and political commentator who focuses on African American political issues. Harris-Perry has written for The Nation, in addition to penning her two award-winning books, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in … Read MoreMelissa Harris-Perry (1973– )

Ta-Nehisi Coates (1975– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer, journalist, educator, and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His articles, regarding such topics as social, political, and cultural issues, have been featured in national publications, including the Washington Post, Time, and The New Yorker. Coates’s … Read MoreTa-Nehisi Coates (1975– )

Armstrong Williams (1959– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Armstrong Williams is an American conservative political figure and commentator. Williams hosts a daily radio show and a nationally syndicated TV show, The Right Side with Armstrong Williams. Outside of his political persona, Williams works in the private business sector as … Read MoreArmstrong Williams (1959– )

Joseph Louis Atkins (1936–2015)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Joseph Louis (Joe) Atkins is best known for integrating Texas Western College (now the University of Texas, El Paso). In 1956 he became the first African American student to graduate from the institution.   Joe Atkins was born in Jefferson, Texas, … Read MoreJoseph Louis Atkins (1936–2015)

Jean-Baptiste Belley-Mars (1747?–1805?)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Jean-Baptiste Belley-Mars, who represented Saint-Domingue in the French National Convention in Paris in 1794, is widely credited with persuading that body to abolish slavery in France and its overseas colonies. Belley-Mars as a boy was kidnapped by slave catchers on the … Read MoreJean-Baptiste Belley-Mars (1747?–1805?)

François Fournier de Pescay (1771–1833)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Francois Fournier de Pescay was the first known African-descended physician to practice medicine and surgery in Europe. Fournier de Pescay was the son of French planter François Pescay and Adélaïde Rappau, a free mulatto (mulâtresse libre). His parents left the French … Read MoreFrançois Fournier de Pescay (1771–1833)