Important Figures

Article titled Hale Woodruff

Hale Woodruff

“A first generation artist of the New Negro Movement, Hale Aspacio Woodruff created paintings, prints, and murals that depict the historic struggle and perseverance of African Americans. Though some of his work, such as his Afro Emblems ... Continue Reading
Article titled Bisa Butler

Bisa Butler

“Butler is elevating the status of her subjects by making portraits, and also elevating quilting - which is an African American craft tradition - by adding portraiture to it.” ~ Glenn Adamson, craft scholar, curator and writer Born in 197... Continue Reading
Article titled Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman

“As a creative educator, regenerative farmer, writer and activist, Leah Penniman is an exceptional leader for food justice.  She is best known for her work at Soul Fire Farm … an organic family farm committed to ‘the dismantling of oppre... Continue Reading
Article titled John Boyd, Jr.

John Boyd, Jr.

“Throughout his legal and legislative journey, Dr. Boyd realized African American farmers needed a platform so their voices could be heard.” ~ Land O’Lakes statement at the National Black Farmers Association website Born in New York Cit... Continue Reading
Article titled Wendell Scott

Wendell Scott

“I don’t know of any man in the sport that worked any harder than he did or accomplished more than he did with what he had … He built a lot of respect … More important, he helped to open many minds and heart s… He was not as fortunate as ... Continue Reading
Article titled Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel

Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel

“(Jennifer) Satterfield-Siegel, NASCAR’s first female African-American team owner, has increased opportunities for diverse drivers and pit-crew members, working relentlessly to make sure people from all walks of life have a seat at the NASCAR t... Continue Reading
Article titled Maggie L. Walker

Maggie L. Walker

“Through her guidance of the Independent Order of St. Luke, Walker demonstrated that African American men and women could be leaders in business, politics, and education during a time when society insisted on the contrary.” ~ National Park S... Continue Reading
Article titled Joe Randall

Joe Randall

“Randall’s expertise in Southern cuisine is held in such high esteem that he was honored and featured in the Culture Expressions Gallery of the newly opened Smithsonian Institute of National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Was... Continue Reading
Article titled Leah Chase

Leah Chase

“… a legend, an icon and an inspiration.  It is impossible to overstate what she meant to our city and to our community.  At Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, she made Creole cuisine the cultural force that it is today, she made a family-ow... Continue Reading