Louis E. Martin (1912-1997)

President Lyndon B. Johnson with Louis E. Martin Image Ownership: Public Domain Louis E. Martin, newspaper editor and political activist, served as an advisor to three American presidents and influenced the placement of African Americans into high political offices. He is credited with developing the … Read MoreLouis E. Martin (1912-1997)

The California Fair Housing Act [The Rumford Act] (1963-1968)

The California Fair Housing Act of 1963, better known as the Rumford Act (AB 1240) because of its sponsor, Assemblyman William Byron Rumford, was one of the most significant and sweeping laws protecting the rights of blacks and other people of color to purchase housing … Read MoreThe California Fair Housing Act [The Rumford Act] (1963-1968)

Warith Deen Mohammed (b. Wallace Delaney Muhammad) (1933-2008)

Wallace Delaney Muhammad was born on October 30, 1933 to Clara Evans and Elijah Poole in the impoverished Paradise Valley in Detroit, Michigan. A year later, Poole, later known as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, took over the Nation of Islam as “Supreme Leader” upon the … Read MoreWarith Deen Mohammed (b. Wallace Delaney Muhammad) (1933-2008)

John Brown’s Christmas Raid into Missouri 1858

John Brown’s preferred method of battling slavery was to free hundreds at a time in a single attack. However, the week of Christmas 1858, he made an exception and successfully rescued eleven Missouri slaves, throwing the region into a state of anxiety and adding another … Read MoreJohn Brown’s Christmas Raid into Missouri 1858

Jewel Plummer Cobb (1924- )

Jewel Plumber Cobb, a cell biologist and cancer researcher, was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1924 to Frank V. Plummer, a physician, and Carriebel (Cole) Plummer, a physical education teacher.  An only child, Jewel Plummer began reading her father’s scientific journals to supplement … Read MoreJewel Plummer Cobb (1924- )

A. Maceo Walker (1909–1994)

Courtesy of The Commercial Appeal/ Dave Darnell, Photographer Antonio Maceo Walker was an African American businessman and president of Universal Life Insurance Company and Tri-State Bank, both in Memphis, Tennessee.  Walker was born on June 7, 1909, in Indianola, Mississippi to Joseph and Lela Walker.  … Read MoreA. Maceo Walker (1909–1994)