Vasco De Gama Hale (1915-2002)

Vasco De Gama Hale, educator, blinded veterans’ association organizer, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) official, was born in Crawford, Mississippi, to Brotop and Jane Hale on February 16, 1915. His father, Brotop, toiled as a sharecropper for a short time … Read MoreVasco De Gama Hale (1915-2002)

California The History of Allensworth (1908- )

In the article below retired California State University, Fresno historian Robert Mikell explores the history of the only all-black town created in the Golden State.  He traces that history including the role of its principal founder, Colonel Allen Allensworth, from 1908. Centennial Celebration at Allensworth … Read MoreCalifornia The History of Allensworth (1908- )

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan (1910–2008)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Dorothy Johnson Vaughan was a teacher who became a leading mathematical engineer in the first aerospace program with NACA (now NASA), and the first African American female promoted as supervisor in the program. Vaughan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on … Read MoreDorothy Johnson Vaughan (1910–2008)

Katherine Goble Johnson (1918- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Katherine Goble Johnson, heralded as the first African American woman in Aerospace Engineering, was born on August 26, 1918 in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, a city where schooling for “colored” people then ended with the eighth grade. In 1933, she … Read MoreKatherine Goble Johnson (1918- )

Brian O’Harold Hemphill (1969– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Dr. Brian O’Harold Hemphill is the tenth and current president of West Virginia State University, having been inaugurated in July 2012. Since his arrival at the university, Hemphill has been committed to creating a culture of excellence and accountability, and to … Read MoreBrian O’Harold Hemphill (1969– )

Roger Dwayne Pierce (1951–)

"Image Ownership:Public Domain" Roger D. Pierce, U.S. Ambassador to Cape Verde, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  Pierce earned his B.A. degree in Spanish Language and Latin American Studies at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia.  He received his M.A. in Latin American Literature … Read MoreRoger Dwayne Pierce (1951–)

Gayleatha Beatrice Brown (1947-2013)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" On July 2, 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Gayleatha Beatrice Brown to be the United States ambassador to Burkina Faso, a nation in West Africa.  This was her second ambassadorial appointment. Previously, Brown had been appointed by President George W. Bush … Read MoreGayleatha Beatrice Brown (1947-2013)