Westley “Wes” Sissel Unseld (1946-2020)

Westley Sissel Unseld, 6-7 professional basketball player and coach, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 14, 1946, to Charles Dorsey Unseld, a prizefighter, construction worker, oilman, and baseball player for the Indianapolis Clowns, and Cornelia Sissel Unseld. The family had nine children: seven brothers, … Read MoreWestley “Wes” Sissel Unseld (1946-2020)

Arthur “Art” Lee Shell, Jr. (1946- )

Collegiate, professional football player, coach, and advocate Arthur Lee Shell Jr. was born November 26, 1946, in North Charleston, South Carolina, to Arthur Lee Shell, Sr, a machine set operator, and Gertrude Shell, a homemaker. During his sophomore year at Bonds-Wilson High School, his mother died when he … Read MoreArthur “Art” Lee Shell, Jr. (1946- )

Valerie Thomas (1943- )

Valerie LaVerne Thomas, scientist, mathematician, physicist, and inventor, was born on February 1, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. Reared in the historic all-Black Cherry Hill community, Valerie’s parents were her first role models. They instilled in her the importance of education that resulted “in an inquiry-based … Read MoreValerie Thomas (1943- )