Timothy R. Russell (1968-2012)

In 2012 Timothy Russell, an African American man, was involved in a car chase by Cleveland, Ohio police officers.  At the end of the chase he and Malissa Williams were shot and killed by one of the officers.  Their controversial deaths helped inspire the Black Lives Matter movement the following year. … Read MoreTimothy R. Russell (1968-2012)

Lovett Fort-Whiteman (1889-1939)

Lovett Huey Fort-Whiteman was an American political and civil rights activistand member of the Communist International.  He is regarded as the first American-born black Communist and first African American to attend a Comintern training school in the Soviet Union.  Fort-Whiteman organized the Communist Party-affiliated American Negro Labor Congress and was labeled by Time magazine as … Read MoreLovett Fort-Whiteman (1889-1939)

Arthur B. C. Walker, Jr. (1936-2001)

Astrophysicist Arthur Bertram Cuthbert Walker was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 24, 1936, the only child of Cuthbert Walker, an attorney and native of Barbados, and the former Hilda Forte, a social worker. His mother fought to facilitate his early exposure to science at his … Read MoreArthur B. C. Walker, Jr. (1936-2001)

Camille Sosthène Héliodore Mortenol (1859-1930)

Image Ownership: DocAnciens/docpix.fr French naval hero Camille Mortenol was born November 29, 1859 in Pointe-à-Pitre, the largest city in the French island colony of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea, the son of former slave André Mortenol, a sailor, and his wife, Julienne Toussaint, a seamstress. … Read MoreCamille Sosthène Héliodore Mortenol (1859-1930)

Marvin Perkins (1963– )

“Image Ownership: Marvin Perkins” Marvin Perkins is an accomplished recording vocal artist, a sought-after public speaker, and a leader in the effort to correct misunderstanding and incorrect assumptions about blacks, especially in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Perkins was born in 1963 … Read MoreMarvin Perkins (1963– )