Alvin J. Boutte Sr. (1929-2012)

Alvin J. Boutte Sr., co-founder and past chairman and CEO of Independence Bank (at one time America’s largest black-owned bank), was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 10, 1929.  He was the youngest of 10 children.  His mother Adorea Darensbourg Boutte was a seamstress, and his … Read MoreAlvin J. Boutte Sr. (1929-2012)

Ashley A. Boone Jr. (1938-1994)

The son of a postal worker and stay-at-home mother, Ashley Augustus Boone Jr.  was born and raised in what he described as a “lower middle class” environment in Springfield, Massachusetts.  His parents, nonetheless, recognized the primacy of education and, like his brother and two sisters … Read MoreAshley A. Boone Jr. (1938-1994)

Jesse Calvin Wineberry (1955- )

Former Washington State Legislator and current internet business entrepreneur, Jesse Calvin Wineberry was born in 1955 in Sedro Woolley, Washington, and adopted by parents Peter and Mary Wineberry. Wineberry grew up in Seattle’s Central District and attended Queen Anne High School. He earned a degree … Read MoreJesse Calvin Wineberry (1955- )

Clifton Reginald Wharton Jr. (1926- )

Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., has combined careers in business, higher education, foreign economic development, and philanthropy.  The son of Clifton Wharton, Sr. who served 40 years in the U. S. Foreign Service, Wharton began school in the Canary Islands while his father was a diplomat … Read MoreClifton Reginald Wharton Jr. (1926- )

Herman Cain (1945-2020)

Image Ownership: Courtesy Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 3.0) Herman Cain, Republican Party activist and 2012 Presidential candidate was also a newspaper columnist, popular radio talk show host in Atlanta, and former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a Pillsbury subsidiary.  Cain was born on December … Read MoreHerman Cain (1945-2020)

A. Maceo Walker (1909-1994)

Antonio Maceo Walker was an African American businessman and president of Universal Life Insurance Company and Tri-State Bank, both in Memphis, Tennessee.  Walker was born on June 7, 1909, in Indianola, Mississippi to Joseph and Lela Walker.  His father, Joseph Edison Walker, founded Universal Life … Read MoreA. Maceo Walker (1909-1994)