Sylvanus Smith (1831–1911)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Sylvanus Smith, once described in a city directory as a “hog driver,” was a free black Brooklynite who promoted and protected racial equality, business ownership, and property development in the community of Weeksville, New York. Smith was one of the original … Read MoreSylvanus Smith (1831–1911)

George E. Moose (1944 – )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ambassador George E. Moose’s career in international diplomacy resulted from his spending a college summer in the 1960s building a three-room schoolhouse in Tanzania.  The high point of that career came in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan nominated him to be … Read MoreGeorge E. Moose (1944 – )

Walter Charles Carrington (1930 – )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Walter Charles Carrington served as the United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Senegal from 1980 to 1981, and to Nigeria from 1993 to 1997. He married Arese Ukpoma, a Nigerian physician, and has lived in three Nigerian cities since the … Read MoreWalter Charles Carrington (1930 – )

KRS-One [Lawrence Kris Parker] (1965- )

KRS-One, MC (Master of Ceremonies) producer, philosopher, and activist was born on August 20, 1965 to Jacqueline Jones and Sheffield Brown in South Bronx, New York City, New York.  KRS’s mother was a secretary while his father, who worked as a handyman, was deported to … Read MoreKRS-One [Lawrence Kris Parker] (1965- )

William Melvin Kelley (1937- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain William Melvin Kelley is a renowned African American author known for his experimental style and exploration of African American cultural identity.  Born on November 1, 1937 in the Bronx, New York, to Narcissa Agatha Kelley and William Kelley, an editor, he … Read MoreWilliam Melvin Kelley (1937- )