Important Figures

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 Griffit... 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
Article titled Kenneth B. Clark

Kenneth B. Clark

“Mr. Clark’s studies were widely credited with influencing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision overturning racially segregated public schooling.” ~ Alan Richard, writer Kenneth Bancroft Clark was born on July 14, 1914 to Arthu... Continue Reading
Article titled Mamie P. Clark

Mamie P. Clark

“Her career focused attention on the particular problems faced by minority youth, and her work ushered in new approaches to treatment and remains a landmark in the history of psychology.” ~ Encyclopedia of Arkansas In Hot Springs, Ar... Continue Reading
Article titled Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman

“Honestly, I can't think of a single other soprano or mezzo-soprano with anything remotely approaching her sound … It was almost like a wall of sound coming at us, but extremely beautiful and consistent.” ~ Renée Fleming, legendary s... Continue Reading
Article titled Chick Webb

Chick Webb

“The story of Chick Webb is more than the story of a dynamic drummer of the swing era. It’s the story of a gallant little man who overcame physical deformity, hardship and pain.  A man whose spirit, courage and determination was perha... Continue Reading
Article titled Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines

“… for his contributions as an author and teacher.  Drawing deeply from his childhood in the rural South, his works have shed new light on the African American experience and given voice to those who have endured injustice.” ~ Pr... Continue Reading
Article titled Gloria Naylor

Gloria Naylor

“… I fell in love with the way (Gloria) Naylor wrote Black joy, pain, happiness, sadness, anxiety, depression, dancing, singing, fighting, love-making, and praying.  I loved the way she wrote Black women’s voices.  Their spirits. &n... Continue Reading