Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier (1932- )

Though Roosevelt Grier is most known for his All-Pro football career with the New York Giants and Los Angeles (California) Rams, he has become associated with many other ventures. Grier’s more than half century of being in the public eye has included writing, acting, singing, ministry, and politics. Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier was born … Read MoreRoosevelt “Rosey” Grier (1932- )

Joseph Woodrow Hatchett (1932-2021)

Joseph W. Hatchett, the first African American Supreme Court Justice after Reconstruction in the South, was born on September 17, 1932, in Clearwater, Florida, to John and Lula Hatchett. He attended Florida A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Political Science in 1954. Four years later in 1959, he graduated … Read MoreJoseph Woodrow Hatchett (1932-2021)

Errol R. Schwartz (1952- )

Major General Errol R. Schwartz, the first black adjutant general for the District of Columbia, was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1952. In 1972 Schwartz arrived in the United States, following his brother and sister who emigrated from Guyana to enroll at Howard University.  Their own quest for higher education … Read MoreErrol R. Schwartz (1952- )

Russel L. Honoré (1947- )

Russel L. Honoré is a three-star general known for his relief work during Hurricane Katrina. He was born in Lakeland, Louisiana during a hurricane in 1947 to farmers Lloyd Honoré and Eudell St. Armant Honoré.  As one of twelve children, Honoré became the first in his family to attend college … Read MoreRussel L. Honoré (1947- )

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)