Artemisia Bowden (1879-1969)

Artemisia Bowden, an educator and civic leader, one of few black women college presidents during the first half of the 20th century, was born on January 1, 1879 in Albany, Georgia, to former slaves Milas Bowden and Mary (Molette) Bowden. The oldest of four children, she was raised originally in Brunswick, … Read MoreArtemisia Bowden (1879-1969)

Mary Elizabeth Branch (1881-1944)

Mary Elizabeth Branch, one of the most prominent black women educators of the first half of the twentieth century, was born on May 29, 1881 in Farmwell, Virginia, to Tazewell and Harriett Branch, both former slaves.  Tazewell was a politician and was elected twice to the Virginia House … Read MoreMary Elizabeth Branch (1881-1944)

Ronald Andrew Crutcher (1947– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Dr. Ronald Andrew Crutcher is a distinguished classical musician and a national leader in higher education. He served as the as the seventh president of Wheaton College from 2004 to 2014, and then became the first African American president of the … Read MoreRonald Andrew Crutcher (1947– )

Gloria Dean Randle Scott (1938- )

Civic and educational leader Gloria Dean Randle Scott, the first African-American president of the Girl Scouts of America and the twelfth president of Bennett College, was born on April 14, 1938 in Houston, Texas to Juanita Bell and Freeman Randle.  Scott grew up in Houston, … Read MoreGloria Dean Randle Scott (1938- )