Stephanie Tubbs Jones (1949-2008)

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was a Democratic Representative of the state of Ohio. She was born on September 10, 1949 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and attended the county’s public schools before getting her bachelor’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in 1971. … Read MoreStephanie Tubbs Jones (1949-2008)

William Henry Hastie (1904-1976)

William Henry Hastie, attorney and diplomat, was born on November 17, 1904 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He spent his childhood in Tennessee until his family moved to Washington, D.C. Hastie graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. in 1921 and four years later received his A.B. … Read MoreWilliam Henry Hastie (1904-1976)

Edith Spurlock Sampson (1901-1979)

  Image ©Bettmann/Corbis Edith Spurlock was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 13, 1901. She grew up in a working class family, one of seven children, and attended Pittsburgh’s Peabody High School.  Upon graduation, she married Rufus Sampson, a field agent for Tuskegee Institute in … Read MoreEdith Spurlock Sampson (1901-1979)

Ernest Nathan Morial (1929-1989)

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 9, 1929, Ernest “Dutch” Morial grew up in the city’s English and French-speaking Seventh Ward.  His father was a cigar maker and his mother was a seamstress.  Graduating from Xavier University, a historically black Catholic institution in 1951, … Read MoreErnest Nathan Morial (1929-1989)