Ishmael Reed (1938 – )

Ishmael Reed is an African American poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, cartoonist, editor, publisher, lecturer and public media commentator. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938, he grew up in Buffalo, New York, after his mother Thelma Coleman moved there during the Great Migration of World War II.  When his mother married Bennie Reed, Ishmael … Read MoreIshmael Reed (1938 – )

Roland Sebastian Martin (1968- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Roland Sebastian Martin is a journalist, columnist, and author. Martin was on born November 18, 1968 to Emelda and Reginald Lynn Martin Sr. in Houston, Texas. His maternal great grandparents emigrated from Haiti to the United States where they settled in … Read MoreRoland Sebastian Martin (1968- )

Aubrey Drake Graham (1986- )

Drake, Flanked by Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers Image Ownership: Public domain Aubrey “Drake” Graham is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, actor, and songwriter. Drake was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Sandi Graham, a Jewish Canadian, and Dennis Graham, a … Read MoreAubrey Drake Graham (1986- )

Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

Rubin Carter Holding the Writ of Habeas Corpus That Freed Him From Prison Image Ownership: Public domain Rubin Carter was an American middleweight boxer, who is best known not because of his sports career but because of his murder conviction in 1967 and exoneration in … Read MoreRubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

Philippa Schuyler (1931-1967)

Image Ownership: Public domain Philippa Duke Schuyler was an African American child prodigy, pianist, composer, journalist, and author. She became famous in the 1930s and 1940s for her unique musical talents, mixed-race background, and the abnormal methods her parents used to raise her. Schuyler was … Read MorePhilippa Schuyler (1931-1967)

Darius Aidan Gray (1945– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" African American Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church activist Darius Gray was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Elsie Johnson and Darius McKinley Gray on December 12, 1945. His mother was a domestic worker (maid), and his father a handyman. His grandfather, … Read MoreDarius Aidan Gray (1945– )