Important Figures

Article titled Cholly Atkins

Cholly Atkins

“It was like nothing you had ever seen … He gave us more than steps … Cholly gave us wisdom.  He taught us how to touch an audience and about living life.  He was Motown's father figure.” ~ Duke Fakir, Member of The Four Tops ... Continue Reading
Article titled Blondell Cummings

Blondell Cummings

“Her deep humanism informed workshops she crafted to help dancers and non-dancers alike feel more whole, more connected with themselves and each other.  As a performer, she was an electric presence and a beautiful mover.  As a choreogra... Continue Reading
Article titled Eunice Johnson

Eunice Johnson

“Mrs. Johnson [was] smart enough as a businesswoman, as a visionary, to take color and translate it to the needs of women of many hues … Everything with Mrs. Johnson became a celebration of who we are, of who Black women were.” ~ Andre Leo... Continue Reading
Article titled Dapper Dan

Dapper Dan

“No one has a story like Dapper Dan.  His evolution from hustler to fashion icon is the stuff of legend.” ~ Janelle Okwodu, journalist, Vogue On August 8, 1944 a baby boy was born in the Harlem community of the Manhattan borough to R... Continue Reading
Article titled Eric Edwards

Eric Edwards

Born and reared in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, Eric Edwards has spent more than five decades curating one of the greatest private collections of African art in the world.  Critical in his mission to educate others about the richness... Continue Reading
Article titled Marta Moreno Vega

Marta Moreno Vega

“For Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, a Black woman of Puerto Rican descent, born and reared in El Barrio, the current rise of a global movement for Black lives and collective liberation aligns with her unwavering vision for a better world.  Her stead... Continue Reading
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 ... Continue Reading