Lionel Hodge Newsom (1919-1991)

Educator and HCBU President Lionel Hodge Newsom was born on November 11, 1919 in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Lawson and Georgia (McCullough) Newsom. He attended the local school, and enrolled into Lincoln University, Missouri where he became member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Newsom graduated … Read MoreLionel Hodge Newsom (1919-1991)

Letitia Woods Brown (1915-1976)

Letitia Woods Brown, historian, academician, public scholar and community activist was born on October 24, 1915 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was the middle child of Tuskegee Institute instructors Matthew and Evadne Woods. In 1935, Letitia Woods completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Tuskegee.  After … Read MoreLetitia Woods Brown (1915-1976)

Freeway Rick Ross (1960- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Late 20th Century drug lord Ricky Donnell Ross was born on January 26th, 1960 in Troup, Texas. He is better known as “Freeway Rick,” the convicted drug trafficker turned philanthropist who established himself as kingpin in the 1980’s. Ross grew up in Los Angeles, California, … Read MoreFreeway Rick Ross (1960- )

Frederick D. Stubbs (1906-1947)

A prominent thoracic surgeon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Frederick Douglass Stubbs made important contributions to the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. He completed extensive training in thoracic (chest) medicine during and after medical school, including a yearlong residency at Sea View Hospital in Staten Island, New York, that concentrated on … Read MoreFrederick D. Stubbs (1906-1947)

David Satcher (1941- )

David Satcher, physician, educator, and administrator, was born in Anniston, Alabama, on March 2, 1941 to Wilmer and Anne Satcher.   In 1963 Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  He earned a M.D. and Ph.D. in cytogenetics from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. In 1979 Satcher became a professor … Read MoreDavid Satcher (1941- )

Timothy R. Russell (1968-2012)

Image Ownership: Public domain In 2012 Timothy Russell, an African American man, was involved in a car chase by Cleveland, Ohio police officers.  At the end of the chase he and Malissa Williams were shot and killed by one of the officers.  Their controversial deaths helped inspire the Black Lives … Read MoreTimothy R. Russell (1968-2012)

John Crawford III (1992-2014)

Image Ownership: Public domain The shooting death of John Crawford III, a twenty-two-year-old African-American man by Beavercreek, Ohio police officer Sean Williams at a Walmart store in Beavercreek was another death that added to the national debate about the shooting deaths of unarmed black men promoted by the Black Lives … Read MoreJohn Crawford III (1992-2014)