Walt Braithwaite (1945- )

If you have flown on a commercial airliner in recent years, chances are you benefited from the engineering and computer science expertise of Walt Braithwaite. During his almost four decades at The Boeing Company (Boeing), Braithwaite helped transform the field of aerospace design from a manual time-consuming process to … Read MoreWalt Braithwaite (1945- )

David Satcher (1941- )

David Satcher, physician, educator, and administrator, was born in Anniston, Alabama, on March 2, 1941 to Wilmer and Anne Satcher.   In 1963 Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  He earned a M.D. and Ph.D. in cytogenetics from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. In 1979 Satcher became a professor … Read MoreDavid Satcher (1941- )

Jack Greenberg (1924-2016)

Image Ownership: Public domain Jack Greenberg was a prominent civil rights lawyer, directing the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) for 23 years and arguing crucial cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. He was born in New York City, New York on December 22, 1924 to Jewish immigrant parents Max and Bertha … Read MoreJack Greenberg (1924-2016)

Orlando Ashford (1968– )

“Image Ownership:Public Domain” Orlando Ashford is the president of Holland America Line. He assumed this position in December 2014. Holland America Line was founded in 1873, and until 1989, it was a Dutch-owned passenger and cargo shipping line operating primarily between the Netherlands and North America. In 1989 … Read MoreOrlando Ashford (1968– )

Horatio Viscount “Berky” Nelson Jr. (1939-2015)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Horatio Viscount “Berky” Nelson was a widely recognized scholar of 20th Century African American political history and particularly class dynamics in the modern black community. His first major work, The Rise and Fall of Modern Black Leadership, was a searing critique … Read MoreHoratio Viscount “Berky” Nelson Jr. (1939-2015)

Herman McKinney (1938-2014)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain”   Businessman, educator, community leader, and political activist Herman McKinney was born on October 2, 1938 in Klamichi, Oklahoma to Herman L. and Ozella (Harris) McKinney.  His family moved to Vancouver, Washington when Herman was young child.  His family was part … Read MoreHerman McKinney (1938-2014)

Samuel Eugene Kelly (1926-2009)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Samuel Eugene Kelly, soldier and educator, was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on January 26, 1926 to James Handy Kelly, a minister, and Essie Matilda Allen-Kelly, a homemaker.  Educated at Greenwich public schools, Kelly dropped out of high school in 1943 and … Read MoreSamuel Eugene Kelly (1926-2009)

Jefferson A. Beaver (1908-1991)

Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Beaver Attending the President John F. Kennedy Inauguration Ball, 1961 Image Courtesy of Jeffrey Beaver Jefferson August Beaver, banker, businessman, local politician, and civil rights activist, was born in Warren, Arkansas on May 20, 1908 to parents Rev. Robert Jefferson Beaver, … Read MoreJefferson A. Beaver (1908-1991)

William Henry Lewis (1868-1949)

William Henry Lewis on the Harvard Football Team, ca. 1892 Image Ownership: Public Domain William H. Lewis, was a world-class collegiate athlete, lawyer, and politician.  Lewis, the son of former slaves Ashley Henry Lewis, a Baptist minister, and Josephine Baker, was born in Berkeley (now … Read MoreWilliam Henry Lewis (1868-1949)