Joyce Beatty (1950- )

Joyce Beatty, who represents Ohio’s 3rd congressional district, is a former consultant and business owner. She holds honorary doctorates from the Ohio Dominican University and Central State University, and is the first woman Democratic House Leader in Ohio history. Representative Beatty was born Joyce Birdsong … Read MoreJoyce Beatty (1950- )

Valdez Venita (Butler) Demings (1957- )

Valdez (“Val”) Demings was the first female chief of police for the Orlando Police Department and now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing for Florida’s 10th District. Butler was born on March 12, 1957, in Jacksonville, Florida. Her father James worked as … Read MoreValdez Venita (Butler) Demings (1957- )

Marcus A. Foster (1923–1973)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Marcus Foster was an educator who gained national prominence for educational excellence while serving as a principal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as the first black superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District in California. Known as a titan in the areas … Read MoreMarcus A. Foster (1923–1973)

Gladys Knight (1944– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Gladys Maria Knight is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 28, 1944, to Sarah and Merald Knight Sr. and began singing in church as a child. At age seven, she … Read MoreGladys Knight (1944– )

The Moore’s Ford Lynching (July 1946)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" On July 14, 1946, four African American sharecroppers were lynched at Moore’s Ford in northeast Georgia in an event now described as the “last mass lynching in America.” Yet the killers of George Dorsey, Mae Murray Dorsey, Roger Malcolm, and Dorothy … Read MoreThe Moore’s Ford Lynching (July 1946)

Benny Scott (1945–2009)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" William Benjamin Scott, known in the racing world as “The Professor” because of his other career as a college instructor and administrator, was a second-generation African American race car driver.  He was born on February 4, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. … Read MoreBenny Scott (1945–2009)

The Southern Regional Council (1944- )

Charles W. Eagles, Winner of the 2010 Lillian Smith Book Award "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Southern Regional Council (SRC) was formed in 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia.  It evolved out of the earlier Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC), which was established in 1919 to lessen … Read MoreThe Southern Regional Council (1944- )