Billy Taylor (William Edward Taylor, Jr.) (1921-2010)

Billy Taylor was an African American jazz pianist, composer, recording artist, educator, and broadcaster. Born in Greenville, North Carolina on July 24, 1921, Taylor was one of two children of William, Sr., a dentist and Antoinette, a schoolteacher. When Taylor was young his family moved … Read MoreBilly Taylor (William Edward Taylor, Jr.) (1921-2010)

Eight Minutes in May: How George Floyd’s Death Shook the World

In the article below, California State University, Fresno, History and Africana Studies professor Malik Simba briefly examines the life and death of George Floyd and how the latter transformed the struggle for racial justice in and beyond the United States. George Floyd died on Memorial … Read MoreEight Minutes in May: How George Floyd’s Death Shook the World

William Durrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. (1993- )

William Durrell “Bubba” Wallace is only the second person of African descent to win a NASCAR race but he is best known for his 2020 successful campaign to have the Confederate flag, long a controversial and racially polarizing symbol for Americans, officially banned from NASCAR … Read MoreWilliam Durrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. (1993- )

Meadow “Meadowlark” Lemon III (1932-2015)

Meadow “Meadowlark” Lemon III was most famous as the longtime star player of the Harlem Globetrotters. Lemon was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on April 25, 1932. He adopted the name “Meadowlark” while he was with the Harlem Globetrotters. Lemon attended Williston Industrial School in … Read MoreMeadow “Meadowlark” Lemon III (1932-2015)