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)

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. (1928-1998)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., who eventually served on the United States Court of Appeals, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1928.  His mother, Emma Lee Higginbotham, was a maid and his father, Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham Sr., was a factory worker.  Higginbotham … Read MoreA. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. (1928-1998)

Malissa A. Williams (1982-2012)

On the night of November 29, 2012, Malissa A. Williams was killed by Cleveland, Ohio police officer Michael Brelo, along with Timothy Russell. Williams was 30 and Russell was 43 at the time of their deaths.  We know little about the background of Williams beyond her birth … Read MoreMalissa A. Williams (1982-2012)

Charles Henry Turner (1867-1923)

ENTRY SPONSOR: Virginia Wyman A prolific scholar and passionate educator, Dr. Charles Henry Turner made significant contributions to the fields of zoology, entomology, and psychology. Over a thirty-year career, he published widely on not only scientific topics, but also civil rights and education, authoring over seventy articles in total. … Read MoreCharles Henry Turner (1867-1923)

Arthur B. C. Walker, Jr. (1936-2001)

Astrophysicist Arthur Bertram Cuthbert Walker was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 24, 1936, the only child of Cuthbert Walker, an attorney and native of Barbados, and the former Hilda Forte, a social worker. His mother fought to facilitate his early exposure to science at his … Read MoreArthur B. C. Walker, Jr. (1936-2001)