Samuel Younge (“Sammy”) Leamon, Jr. (1944-1966)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Samuel (“Sammy”) Leamon Younge Jr. was a young civil rights activist who was shot to death on January 3, 1966 when he attempted to use a whites-only restroom at a gas station in Macon County, Alabama. He was 21 years old.  … Read MoreSamuel Younge (“Sammy”) Leamon, Jr. (1944-1966)

Charles Octavius Boothe (1845-1924)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" An African American Baptist preacher, educator, author, and tireless advocate for African American advancement and uplift, Charles Octavius Boothe was one of the founders of Dexter Avenue-King Memorial Baptist Church (1877), Selma University (1878), and the Colored Baptist Missionary Convention for … Read MoreCharles Octavius Boothe (1845-1924)

St. Maurice (ca. 250-ca. 287)

Statue of St. Maurice c. 1240-1250, Magdeburg Cathedral of St. Maurice and St. Catherine, Author Unknown, Pictures @ 1979 Menil Foundation,  Houston, Texas Image Courtesy of the Menil Foundation St. Maurice is commemorated throughout churches in modern Germany as a black African dressed as a … Read MoreSt. Maurice (ca. 250-ca. 287)

Sun Ra (Le Sony’r Ra) (1914-1993)

Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and cosmic philosopher Le Sony’r Ra, or Sun Ra, remains an influential and controversial figure in jazz history. He is largely remembered for his Astro Black Mythology that incorporated aspects of ancient Egyptian philosophy and science fiction, as well as his … Read MoreSun Ra (Le Sony’r Ra) (1914-1993)