Jimmie M. Lunceford (1902-1947)

James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford, a popular band leader during the swing era, was born near Fulton, Mississippi, in Itawamba County to James Leonard and Beulah Idella Tucker Lunceford in June, 1902. His grandparents, Daniel and Gracie Lunceford, had arrived in Mississippi as slaves from North … Read MoreJimmie M. Lunceford (1902-1947)

Colin Rand Kaepernick (1987- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Colin Rand Kaepernick, a professional football quarterback formerly for the San Francisco (California) 49ers of the National Football League (NFL), is currently a free agent. He played collegiate football at the University of Nevada where he twice was named the Western … Read MoreColin Rand Kaepernick (1987- )

Elvin R. Caldwell Sr. (1919-2004)

Image Ownership: Public domain Politician Elvin R. Caldwell Sr. was born on April 11, 1919 in Denver, Colorado. Raised in Five Points, Denver’s predominantly black community, Caldwell was one of 12 children in his family. After graduating from Eastside High School in 1937, Caldwell earned … Read MoreElvin R. Caldwell Sr. (1919-2004)

Anthony (Tony) Martin (1942–2013)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Anthony (Tony) Martin, lawyer, author, professor, and scholar was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1942. He migrated to England where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Hull and qualified as a barrister (attorney) … Read MoreAnthony (Tony) Martin (1942–2013)

Darius Aidan Gray (1945– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" African American Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church activist Darius Gray was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Elsie Johnson and Darius McKinley Gray on December 12, 1945. His mother was a domestic worker (maid), and his father a handyman. His grandfather, … Read MoreDarius Aidan Gray (1945– )

Robert F. Smith (1962– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Robert Frederick Smith is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a multi-billion-dollar private equity and wealth management company that employs over thirty thousand people around the world and focuses on the growth of firms that … Read MoreRobert F. Smith (1962– )

Daniel W. Yohannes (1952– )

Ambassador Daniel Yohannes with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Daniel W. Yohannes, a businessman, philanthropist, and diplomat, was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 22, 1952. He moved to the United States at age 17 as an exchange student in … Read MoreDaniel W. Yohannes (1952– )