Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

Thornton Dial in His Studio in Bessemer, Alabama, 2011 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Thornton Dial, a native Alabamian, was an artist and sculptor famous for yard show-influenced, mixed media pieces that used discarded everyday objects to symbolize the history and experience of African Americans in … Read MoreThornton Dial (1928-2016)

Russell S. Gideon (1904-1985)

Russell S. Gideon was a Seattle, Washington businessman, pharmacist, and pioneer in the development of senior housing.  From 1977 until his death in 1985, he was recognized yearly by Ebony magazine as one the nation’s 100 most influential black citizens.  He was a respected community … Read MoreRussell S. Gideon (1904-1985)

Geoffrey Lamont Holder (1930-2014)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Geoffrey Lamont Holder, acclaimed choreographer and legendary figure in the dance world, was also a respected actor, Tony Award-winning director, costume designer, singer, music composer, voice-over artist, orator, painter, sculptor, and photographer.  Holder was born to a middle-class family in Port … Read MoreGeoffrey Lamont Holder (1930-2014)

Watts, California (1903- )

Watts, one of the most famous neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California, is located approximately seven miles southeast of downtown.  Originally part of the Rancho La Tajauta Mexican land grant, Watts was incorporated in 1903 and began to grow as a community in 1907, when the … Read MoreWatts, California (1903- )

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

Elizabeth Catlett and Husband Francisco Mora, ca. 1950 Image Ownership: Public Domain Elizabeth Catlett Mora was a prominent black political expressionist sculptor and printmaker in the 1960s and 1970s. Catlett was born to John and Mary Catlett who were public school teachers in Washington, D.C.  … Read MoreElizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

The Quest for Land and Freedom on Canada’s Western Prairies: Black Oklahomans in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1905-1912

John Ware Ranch near Brooks, Alberta, ca. 1896 Image Courtesy of Janet Ware In the following article Canadian independent historian Gael Greene examines the arrival of black emigrants from Oklahoma in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.  These pioneer settlers carved out communities on … Read MoreThe Quest for Land and Freedom on Canada’s Western Prairies: Black Oklahomans in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1905-1912

Selma Hortense Burke (1900-1995)

  Image Courtesy of Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Selma Hortense Burke was born in Mooresville, North Carolina, one of ten children of Neal Burke, a local Methodist minister and Mary Jackson Burke.  She received her formal educational … Read MoreSelma Hortense Burke (1900-1995)

George Robert Reed (1939- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Born on October 2, 1939 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, George Robert Reed is a former American College football and Canadian Football League (CFL) player. Reed is considered one of the premier fullbacks to play in the CFL. Reed played for the Saskatchewan … Read MoreGeorge Robert Reed (1939- )