Emory Hestus Holmes (1924-1995)

“Won’t Bow to Bigots,” Jet Article on Emory Holmes, Jan. 7, 1960 Dr. Emory Hestus Holmes, World War II veteran, social scientist, professor, and California civil rights leader, was born on November 17, 1924 in Birmingham, Alabama to David H. and Dora Catherine Holmes. He … Read MoreEmory Hestus Holmes (1924-1995)

Aurelia Erskine Brazeal (1943- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ambassador Aurelia Erskine Brazeal was a career diplomat and the first black woman to be named ambassador by three Presidents. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed her ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.  Three years later President Bill Clinton … Read MoreAurelia Erskine Brazeal (1943- )

Sylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

Sylvia Stanfield, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, took up her post as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei in November 1999. President William J. Clinton appointed Ambassador Stanfield to the … Read MoreSylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

Pamela L. Spratlen (1954- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Career Foreign Service officer Pamela L. Spratlen was nominated by President Barack Obama in July 2014 to become U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, and after confirmation by the U.S. Senate was sworn in on January 6, 2015. This important Central Asian appointment … Read MorePamela L. Spratlen (1954- )

Gerald “Jerry” Anderson Lawson (1940-2011)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Computer game innovator Gerald “Jerry” Anderson Lawson was born in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 1, 1940, and grew up in Queens. His parents, both blue collar workers, encouraged his intellectual pursuits. Lawson’s father was a longshoreman by profession and a … Read MoreGerald “Jerry” Anderson Lawson (1940-2011)

Harold Bethuel Evans (1907-1995)

Harold Bethuel Evans, research chemist, was born on October 31, 1907 in Brazil, Indiana.  Evans attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate degree beginning in 1927; he majored in applied science and graduated in 1931. In 1932 he received his master’s degree in science from … Read MoreHarold Bethuel Evans (1907-1995)