Ronald Elbert Mickens (1943- )

Ronald Elbert Mickens is the Fuller E. Calloway Professor of Physics at Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Petersburg, Virginia, on February 7, 1943, he was the son of Joseph Mickens and Daisy Brown Mickens but was raised by his maternal grandparents. His grandfather, James Williamson, inspired Mickens to become a scientist … Read MoreRonald Elbert Mickens (1943- )

Octavia Lenora Spencer (1972– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Award-winning actor Octavia Lenora Spencer was born on May 25, 1970, in Montgomery, Alabama. Her mother, Dellsena Spenser, raised her seven children alone, relying solely for support from a modest maid’s salary. Spencer attended her local public elementary school and graduated … Read MoreOctavia Lenora Spencer (1972– )

William Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite (1878-1962)

Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy of The Van Vechten Trust William Stanley Braithwaite, the acclaimed poet and anthologist, was born in Boston on December 6, 1878. He was the second of five children born to William Smith Braithwaite and Emma Dewolfe Braithwaite. William Stanley … Read MoreWilliam Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite (1878-1962)