Douglas Dollarhide (1923-2008)

Image Ownership: Rolland J Curtis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection Douglas Dollarhide was the first African American mayor of the city of Compton, California, and a pioneer and role model for future black politicians across the state of California. Dollarhide was born in March 1923 … Read MoreDouglas Dollarhide (1923-2008)

Virgil Spencer Clarkson (1932- )

Virgil Spencer Clarkson, five-term member of the City Council of Lacey, Washington, served for three terms as Mayor of the city (2004-2005, 2006-2007, and 2012-2013). He has also served twice as Deputy Mayor in 2002-2003 and 2010-2011.  He is the first African American to hold … Read MoreVirgil Spencer Clarkson (1932- )

Walter Edward Washington (1915-2003)

Walter Edward Washington, attorney and politician, was born in Dawson, Georgia, on April 15, 1915 to Willie Mae and William L. Washington.  After his mother’s death in 1921, Washington moved with his father to Jamestown, New York.  Washington excelled academically and athletically in the public … Read MoreWalter Edward Washington (1915-2003)