William Demby (1922-2013)

The novelist William Edward Demby Jr. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Christmas day, 1922, to William and Gertrude Demby.  He was raised in their family of seven children in the Fairywood district of Pittsburgh’s West Side. The family moved to Clarksburg, West Virginia, shortly after Demby’s graduation … Read MoreWilliam Demby (1922-2013)

Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (1912–2016)

  “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, more commonly known as E.R. Braithwaite, was a Guyanese-born British-American novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat. He was best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people. He was the author of … Read MoreEustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite (1912–2016)

Rufus “Tee Tot” Payne (1884-1939)

Rufus “Tee Tot” Payne was an early twentieth century African American blues musician from Greenville, Alabama.  Payne was most famous as the older mentor of country music superstar Hank Williams. Rufus Payne was born on February 4, 1884, in Lowndes County, Alabama. His family moved … Read MoreRufus “Tee Tot” Payne (1884-1939)