George W. McLaurin (1887-1968)

George W. McLaurin provided the Oklahoma civil rights case that damaged the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson “separate but equal” legal position beyond repair.  He held a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and taught at the all-black Langston University until 1948.  NAACP attorney Thurgood … Read MoreGeorge W. McLaurin (1887-1968)

Ernest William Chambers (1937- )

Ernest William Chambers, Africana intellectual, has lived in the semi-segregated community of North Omaha, Nebraska for his entire life. A community activist in the 1960s, Chambers rode into office in the Nebraska State Legislature on the crest of new-black electoral power in 1970. As a … Read MoreErnest William Chambers (1937- )

Lewis H. Latimer (1848-1928)

Inventor Lewis H. Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 4, 1848.  His parents were former slaves who escaped bondage and settled in Boston.  Abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass secured the necessary funds to obtain their freedom.  After a stint in the … Read MoreLewis H. Latimer (1848-1928)