Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu (1968– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu is a Nigerian-American doctor who is best known for discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the brain injury affecting former National Football League players, among others. Omalu’s discovery and the reaction to it prompted the 2015 film Concussion starringt … Read MoreBennet Ifeakandu Omalu (1968– )

National Negro Opera Company (1941-1962)

(Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress) Mary Cardwell Dawson established the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) in 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Born in North Carolina, Dawson graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1925, the only African American in her class. Facing … Read MoreNational Negro Opera Company (1941-1962)

John Adam “Sleepy” Estes (1904-1977)

Image Courtesy of Willa Davis John Adam “Sleepy” Estes, born into a sharecropping family just outside of Ripley, Tennessee but raised in Brownsville, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and generally recognized as one of the most important artists in blues history. He got the nickname … Read MoreJohn Adam “Sleepy” Estes (1904-1977)

Whitney Houston (1964-2012)

Courtesy of ©Bettmann/CORBIS Whitney Houston, singer and actress, sold close to 100 million albums worldwide during her lifetime.  Her recognitions include two Emmy Awards, five Grammy Awards, 19 American Music Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, five Soul Train Awards, and seven NAACP Image Awards. Houston … Read MoreWhitney Houston (1964-2012)