Wilson “Ducktail” Alexander, Sr. (1919-1950)

Wilson Alexander, Sr. was the third of seven children born on in 1919 to Charles and Pearl Alexander of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Alexander grew up in a a tight-knit community of sugar plantation sharecroppers in southern Louisiana. On July 24, 1942, he was drafted … Read MoreWilson “Ducktail” Alexander, Sr. (1919-1950)

Ronald Vernie Dellums (1935-2018)

Ronald Vernie Dellums was born on November 24, 1935, in Oakland, Californiato Willa Terry Dellums and Vernie Dellums. His father, Vernie Dellums, was a longshoreman, and his mother was a labor organizer.  As a child, he attended St. Patrick Catholic School in Oakland. After high school, Dellums served … Read MoreRonald Vernie Dellums (1935-2018)

Joseph Woodrow Hatchett (1932- )

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’s of Political Science degree in 1954. Four years later in 1959, he … Read MoreJoseph Woodrow Hatchett (1932- )

Robert Doyle Bullard (1946- )

Dr. Robert Doyle Bullard, is known as the “father of environmental justice.” Over three decades he has been a prominent activist and scholar in the field of environmental justice, which encompasses land use, transportation equity, suburban sprawl, housing, minority health, regional equity, emergency response, and community preparedness.  … Read MoreRobert Doyle Bullard (1946- )

Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. (1943-2011)

Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. was fatally shot on November 19, 2011, in White Plains, New York. After his LifeAid medical alert was accidentally triggered, police came to his home and commanded that he open the front door to his residence. Despite his report that he did not need assistance, … Read MoreKenneth Chamberlain, Sr. (1943-2011)