Charles Henry Turner (1867-1923)

ENTRY SPONSOR: Virginia Wyman A prolific scholar and passionate educator, Dr. Charles Henry Turner made significant contributions to the fields of zoology, entomology, and psychology. Over a thirty-year career, he published widely on not only scientific topics, but also civil rights and education, authoring over seventy articles in total. … Read MoreCharles Henry Turner (1867-1923)

John Wendell Thompson (1949– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Born April 24, 1949, to working-class parents in Fort Dix, New Jersey, John Wendell Thompson climbed the high-tech world’s business ranks from entry level sales to executive positions at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Symantec Corporation for a combined forty … Read MoreJohn Wendell Thompson (1949– )

Stuart Hall (1932-2014)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Stuart Hall was a leading 20th Century cultural theorist and a sociologist. Hall, widely known as a founder of British Cultural Studies and the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies, pioneered theories of multiculturalism. He is generally credited with expanding the field … Read MoreStuart Hall (1932-2014)

R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943)

Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress From precocious five-year-old piano player in the 1890s to internationally known choral director, composer, concert pianist, and poet, R. Nathaniel Dett became champion for preservation of the black spiritual which he called authentic American folk music: He dedicated … Read MoreR. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943)

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (1926-2017)

Image Ownership: Public domain Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry was considered a pioneer of rock and roll and a major influence on 20th century popular music. His songs such as “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven” are rock and roll … Read MoreCharles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (1926-2017)

Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) (1941– )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Chubby Checker, the man credited with inventing “The Twist,” was born Ernest Evans in Spring Gully, South Carolina. He moved to Philadelphia with his parents and two brothers and attended South Philadelphia High School. Evans aspired to become a performer from … Read MoreChubby Checker (Ernest Evans) (1941– )

Ina Ray, née Odessa Cowan Hutton (1916–1984)

Image Courtesy of Susan Stordahl Porter Ina Ray Hutton led the Melodears, one of the first all-female swing bands to be recorded and filmed.  She passed as white throughout her musical career, as the leader of several bands from the 1930s through the 1960s.  But … Read MoreIna Ray, née Odessa Cowan Hutton (1916–1984)

Preston Wilcox (1923-2006)

Preston Wilcox (left) with Unidentified Man Image Courtesy of Harlem Heritage Preston Wilcox, human rights activist and professor, was a proponent of black studies and advocated community control over education. He was born in 1923 and raised in Youngstown, Ohio along with his four siblings. … Read MorePreston Wilcox (1923-2006)