Important Figures

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
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