Ora Washington (1898-1971)

Ora Mae Washington was the first prominent African American athlete to dominate two sports, tennis and basketball.  Born on January 23, 1898, in Caroline County, Virginia, she was the daughter of James “Tommy” and Laura O. Young-Washington.   Washington’s family moved north in search of opportunity … Read MoreOra Washington (1898-1971)

Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

Rubin Carter Holding the Writ of Habeas Corpus That Freed Him From Prison Image Ownership: Public domain Rubin Carter was an American middleweight boxer, who is best known not because of his sports career but because of his murder conviction in 1967 and exoneration in … Read MoreRubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

DuSable Museum of African American History (1961– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Founded in 1961, the DuSable Museum of African American History is oldest museum dedicated to African American history in the United States. The DuSable began as the Ebony Museum of Negro History, housed in the South Side Chicago, Illinois home of … Read MoreDuSable Museum of African American History (1961– )

Norris Bumstead Herndon (1897–1977)

Norris Bumstead Herndon was the second president of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, founded by his father, Alonzo Herndon, in 1905. Herndon was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 15, 1897, the only child of Adrienne Elizabeth McNeil, a graduate and teacher at Atlanta University, … Read MoreNorris Bumstead Herndon (1897–1977)

Joe “Gans” Gant (1874–1910)

Joe Gans and Oscar Nelson Before the “Fight of the Century” at Goldfield, Nevada, Labor Day, 1906 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Joe Gant, who was given the name Gans by the press, became the first American and African American to hold a world boxing title … Read MoreJoe “Gans” Gant (1874–1910)

Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas (1866- )

Fifth Ward is one of the six political districts created in Houston, Texas in the mid-nineteenth century. It was established in 1866. Over the years it has produced notable cultural and political figures. Located northeast of downtown, Fifth Ward lies north of the Buffalo Bayou, … Read MoreFifth Ward, Houston, Texas (1866- )

Wanda Evans Coleman (1946-2013)

Image Ownership: Public Domain" Wanda Evans Coleman was an American poet and writer who won critical acclaim for her avant-garde work, but remained relatively unknown to a broader audience. Her 30 year literary career included a myriad of poetry and fiction publications. Born and raised … Read MoreWanda Evans Coleman (1946-2013)

Sidney Williams (1942- )

Ambassador Sidney Williams and His Wife, Congresswoman Maxine Waters "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Former professional football player, businessman, and diplomat, Sidney Williams was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 24, 1942. Raised in Houston, Texas, he attended the city’s Phillis Wheatley High School and upon … Read MoreSidney Williams (1942- )

Bernadette Mary Allen (1955- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Career Foreign Service Officer Bernadette Mary Allen was commissioned into the U.S. diplomatic service in January 1980. Twenty-five years later, on October 26, 2005, President George W. Bush appointed Allen to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger.  She … Read MoreBernadette Mary Allen (1955- )