Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

Rubin Carter Holding the Writ of Habeas Corpus That Freed Him From Prison Image Ownership: Public domain Rubin Carter was an American middleweight boxer, who is best known not because of his sports career but because of his murder conviction in 1967 and exoneration in … Read MoreRubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

DuSable Museum of African American History (1961– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Founded in 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History is oldest museum dedicated to African American history in the United States. The DuSable began as the Ebony Museum of Negro History, housed in the South Side Chicago, Illinois home of … Read MoreDuSable Museum of African American History (1961– )

Norris Bumstead Herndon (1897–1977)

Norris Bumstead Herndon was the second president of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, founded by his father, Alonzo Herndon, in 1905. Herndon was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 15, 1897, the only child of Adrienne Elizabeth McNeil, a graduate and teacher at Atlanta University, … Read MoreNorris Bumstead Herndon (1897–1977)

Joe “Gans” Gant (1874–1910)

Joe Gans and Oscar Nelson Before the “Fight of the Century” at Goldfield, Nevada, Labor Day, 1906 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Joe Gant, who was given the name Gans by the press, became the first American and African American to hold a world boxing title … Read MoreJoe “Gans” Gant (1874–1910)

Nicole Avant (1968- )

Ambassador Nicole Avant and Husband ted Sarandos at Golden Globe Awards, Los Angeles, January 2014 “Image Ownership: Pubilc Domain” Nicole Avant served a two-year term as U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009 to 2011. President Barack Obama nominated her for the position in 2009 … Read MoreNicole Avant (1968- )

Pamela E. Bridgewater (1947- )

  "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Pamela E. Bridgewater is a career Foreign Service officer who has been recognized for important diplomatic work in South Africa, Ghana, and Liberia.  Her most recent posting was as U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica. Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Bridgewater earned a … Read MorePamela E. Bridgewater (1947- )

Mabel Alice Wadham Mercer (1900-1984)

Mabel Mercer was one of the most important jazz cabaret singers of the 20th Century. Her personal singing style emphasizing interpretation, diction, lyrics, and projection over vocal proficiency influenced numerous leading singers including Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Rosemary … Read MoreMabel Alice Wadham Mercer (1900-1984)

Wanda Evans Coleman (1946-2013)

Image Ownership: Public Domain" Wanda Evans Coleman was an American poet and writer who won critical acclaim for her avant-garde work, but remained relatively unknown to a broader audience. Her 30 year literary career included a myriad of poetry and fiction publications. Born and raised … Read MoreWanda Evans Coleman (1946-2013)

Sidney Williams (1942- )

Ambassador Sidney Williams and His Wife, Congresswoman Maxine Waters "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Former professional football player, businessman, and diplomat, Sidney Williams was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 24, 1942. Raised in Houston, Texas, he attended the city’s Phillis Wheatley High School and upon … Read MoreSidney Williams (1942- )