Ishmael Reed (1938 – )

Ishmael Reed is an African American poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, cartoonist, editor, publisher, lecturer and public media commentator. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938, he grew up in Buffalo, New York, after his mother Thelma Coleman moved there during the Great Migration of World War II.  When his mother married Bennie Reed, Ishmael … Read MoreIshmael Reed (1938 – )

Margaret Cornelia Morgan Lawrence (1914- )

Margaret Morgan Lawrence in 2015 at Age 101 Image Ownership: Public domain Margaret Lawrence, the first African American psychoanalyst and the first pediatric psychiatrist in the United States, is author of Young Inner City Families: Development of Ego Strength under Stress (New York, Behavioral Publications, … Read MoreMargaret Cornelia Morgan Lawrence (1914- )

Ora Washington (1898-1971)

Ora Mae Washington was the first prominent African American athlete to dominate two sports, tennis and basketball.  Born on January 23, 1898, in Caroline County, Virginia, she was the daughter of James “Tommy” and Laura O. Young-Washington.   Washington’s family moved north in search of opportunity … Read MoreOra Washington (1898-1971)