William Decker Johnson (1869-1936)

William Decker Johnson was the 42nd Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and founder of Johnson Home Industrial College in Archery, Georgia. He was born November 15th, 1869 in Glasgow, Thomas County, Georgia to Reverend Andrew Jackson Johnson and Mattie McCullough. Both parents … Read MoreWilliam Decker Johnson (1869-1936)

Frank Matthews (“Black Caesar”) (1944- ?)

Frank “Black Caesar” Matthews was called one of the biggest heroin and cocaine traffickers in United States history by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  Born on February 13, 1944 in Durham, North Carolina, he became involved in several criminal incidents from a young age.  Matthews was raised by … Read MoreFrank Matthews (“Black Caesar”) (1944- ?)

Michael L. Douglas (1948- )

Justice Michael Douglas is the first African American Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.  He was first appointed in 2004 and has twice served as Chief Justice of the court. Justice Douglas was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State Long Beach in 1971 and Hastings Law School in 1974.  … Read MoreMichael L. Douglas (1948- )

Joseph (Joe) Neal (1935- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Joseph Neal, the first African American elected to the Nevada state senate, was born in Mounds, Louisiana on July 28, 1935. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated in 1963 with a B.A. in political science and history as well as doing postgraduate work in law. He … Read MoreJoseph (Joe) Neal (1935- )

West Las Vegas Riot (1992)

The West Las Vegas Riot occurred on April 30, 1992 in the predominantly black Westside of Las Vegas, Nevada.  The riot came a day after four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted in the highly publicized beating of Rodney King the year before.  The Rodney King Riots began in Los Angeles, California the … Read MoreWest Las Vegas Riot (1992)