Important Figures

Article titled Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

“The narrative of her photographs extends beyond a picture or a series of pictures to create a greater context for the artist herself within photography, womanhood and the African American experience.” ~ The Historymakers On July 9, 1951,... Continue Reading
Article titled Roy DeCarava

Roy DeCarava

“Roy DeCarava is a giant of American art photography.  His practice, spanning six decades of American history, recorded aspects of African American life and culture over decades of drastic change … His photographs are less a record and mor... Continue Reading
Article titled Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins

“You have proved to be one of the great leaders of our time.  Through your efficiency as an administrator, your genuine humanitarian concern, and your unswerving devotion to the principles of freedom and human dignity, you have carved for yourse... Continue Reading
Article titled Alexa Canady

Alexa Canady

“Dr. Canady is a true pioneer who has devoted her distinguished career to caring for underprivileged children and breaking barriers that stymie access to healthcare.  Her commitment, perseverance and exemplary service to her community are a true... Continue Reading
Article titled J.L. Chestnut, Jr.

J.L. Chestnut, Jr.

“He was just an indomitable advocate for Black people, whether it was getting them to vote, getting them on juries, desegregating the schools, having a Black Santa in the mall, getting Black people to run for office.  So over the course of his l... Continue Reading
Article titled Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley

“While we may have faced challenges on the bench, when Connie lifted her voice, her life was on the line … Yet time and time again, she lifted her voice higher and higher, arguing cases in hostile towns, against hostile lawyers, and before host... Continue Reading
Article titled Inez Beverly Prosser

Inez Beverly Prosser

“Although her life was short, Prosser was instrumental in assisting many Black students in obtaining funds for college and for graduate study.” ~ American Psychological Association Though the exact location and year of her birth is u... Continue Reading
Article titled Frederick D. Patterson

Frederick D. Patterson

“Of all the endeavors, Dr. Patterson’s starkest accomplishment remains the scope of the people he influenced.  Over the course of his 87 years, he inspired Americans as well as African-Americans.  He influenced higher education policy... Continue Reading
Article titled Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman

“At a time when there were few high-profile Black athletes beyond Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis, Coachman became a pioneer.  She led the way for female African-American Olympic track stars like Wilma Rudolph, Evelyn Ashford, Florence Griffith Jo... Continue Reading
Article titled Shani Davis

Shani Davis

“Shani Davis was only two years old when he started to roller skate.  He liked the sensation of speed so much that the skating rink monitors had to step in and slow him down.  Later on, his parents wisely decided to introduce him to speed skati... Continue Reading