Jack J. Kimbrough (1908–1992)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Civil rights activist, dentist, book and African art collector Jack Johnson Kimbrough was born in Lexington, Mississippi, on July 26, 1908, to Samuel G. Kimbrough, a blacksmith, and Mary (Hoover) Kimbrough. Fearing violence from the Ku Klux Klan, in 1915 the … Read MoreJack J. Kimbrough (1908–1992)

William G. Mays (1945-2014)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” William “Bill” G. Mays, entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic leader, was born in Evansville, Indiana to Joy and Theodore C. Mays, Sr. on December 4, 1945.  The youngest of three sons, his older brothers, Theodore Jr. and Robert, were twins.  Both parents … Read MoreWilliam G. Mays (1945-2014)

Geoffrey Lamont Holder (1930-2014)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Geoffrey Lamont Holder, acclaimed choreographer and legendary figure in the dance world, was also a respected actor, Tony Award-winning director, costume designer, singer, music composer, voice-over artist, orator, painter, sculptor, and photographer.  Holder was born to a middle-class family in Port … Read MoreGeoffrey Lamont Holder (1930-2014)

Terence A. Todman (1926-2014)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Named Career Ambassador, a title equivalent to a four-star general, U.S. ambassador to six different countries, Terence A. Todman was an outstanding diplomat in the service of the United States. He challenged the racial prejudice he encountered at the State Department, … Read MoreTerence A. Todman (1926-2014)

Gerald “Jerry” Anderson Lawson (1940-2011)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Computer game innovator Gerald “Jerry” Anderson Lawson was born in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 1, 1940, and grew up in Queens. His parents, both blue collar workers, encouraged his intellectual pursuits. Lawson’s father was a longshoreman by profession and a … Read MoreGerald “Jerry” Anderson Lawson (1940-2011)