Dorothy Lavinia Brown (1919-2004)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown was a medical pioneer, educator, and community leader.  In 1948-1949 Brown became the first African American female appointed to a general surgery residency in the de jure racially segregated South.  In 1956 Brown became the first unmarried … Read MoreDorothy Lavinia Brown (1919-2004)

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (1889- )

Bethel AME Church, Portland, Oregon, 1957 Image Courtesy of Portland Archives Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the oldest continuously operating black church in Portland, Oregon. It was founded by 20 people in 1889 in the home of Phillip Jenkins and organized under its … Read MoreBethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (1889- )

Arthur Fletcher (1924-2005)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Arthur Fletcher is perhaps best known as the Father of Affirmative Action for his authorship of the Revised Philadelphia Plan, which required federal government contractors to hire ethnic minorities. Fletcher was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 22, 1924, to … Read MoreArthur Fletcher (1924-2005)

Meredith Mathews (1919-1992)

Prominent social and civic leader in African American Seattle, Washington, Meredith Mathews was born in Thomaston, Georgia on September 14, 1919.  He attended public schools in Georgia and then moved to Ohio for college.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University in … Read MoreMeredith Mathews (1919-1992)

Mel Streeter (1931-2006)

Mel Streeter was born in Riverside, California in 1931. He attended the University of Oregon on a basketball scholarship and was the second African-American basketball player at Oregon after declining an offer by legendary basketball coach John Wooden to attend UCLA, because UCLA did not … Read MoreMel Streeter (1931-2006)