(0/27/1945 – 10/02/2005)
Hill District, PA
Was an American playwright. He has been referred to as the “theater’s poet of Black America”. He is best known for a series of ten plays, collectively called The Pittsburgh Cycle.
Jane Matilda Bolin
(04/11/1908 – 01/08/2007)
Was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association and the first to join the New York City Law Department.
(10/31/1896 – 09/01/1977)
Was an American singer and actress. Waters frequently performed jazz, swing, and pop music on the Broadway stage and in concerts. She began her career in the 1920s singing blues.
Jesse LeRoy Brown
(10/13/1926 – 12/04/1950)
Was a United States Navy officer. He was the first African-American aviator to complete the United States Navy’s basic flight training program, the first African-American naval officer killed in the Korean War and a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr.
(07/01/1877 – 11/26/1970)
Was a United States Army general. In 1940, he became the first African-American to rise to the rank of brigadier general.
(11/11/1914 – 11/04/1999)
Was an publisher, journalist, lecturer and American civil rights activists best known for her work on behalf of the Little Rock Nine.
(04/06/1905 – 08/11/1962)
Was an accomplished private physician and pediatrician who also served as an instructor at the Howard University College of Medicine and as a school medical inspector for the DC Board of Health.