George Albert Flippin (1868-1929)

George Albert Flippin, born in Point Isable, Ohio, in 1868, was a prominent athlete and physician in Nebraska, who broke racial barriers in collegiate football and medicine for African Americans. The product of an interracial marriage, George’s father, Charles Albert Flippin, had served as a … Read MoreGeorge Albert Flippin (1868-1929)

Prentice Herman Polk (1898-1985)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Prentice Herman Polk, acclaimed photographer, was born November 25, 1898 in Bessemer, Alabama, to Jacob Prentice Polk, a miner, and Christine Romelia Ward, a seamstress.   Mr. Polk was a portraitist who was especially adept with the effects of light and dark.  … Read MorePrentice Herman Polk (1898-1985)

William Henry Calhoun (1890–1967)

"Image Courtesy of The Black Heritage Society of Washington" Dr. William Henry Calhoun, a prominent early 20th century Seattle, Washington physician, was born on December 29, 1890 in Jackson, Tennessee.  Little is known about his parents or his childhood.   Calhoun attended Meharry Medical School … Read MoreWilliam Henry Calhoun (1890–1967)

Dorothy Lavinia Brown (1919-2004)

Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown was a medical pioneer, educator, and community leader.  In 1948-1949 Brown became the first African American female appointed to a general surgery residency in the de jure racially segregated South.  In 1956 Brown became the first unmarried woman in Tennessee authorized … Read MoreDorothy Lavinia Brown (1919-2004)

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)