70 Notable alumni of
Fisk University

Fisk University is 807th in the world, 303rd in North America, and 282nd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 70 notable alumni from Fisk University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. W. E. B. Du Bois

    W. E. B. Du Bois
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1868-1963 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    photographersocial workerwriterjournalisthistorian
    Biography

    William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an American sociologist, socialist, historian and Pan-Africanist civil rights activist. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community, and after completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

  2. Ida B. Wells

    Ida B. Wells
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1862-1931 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    journalistsuffragistsociologistwritersuffragette
    Biography

    Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was an American investigative journalist, educator, and early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Over the course of a lifetime dedicated to combating prejudice and violence, and the fight for African American equality, especially that of women, Wells arguably became the most famous Black woman in the United States.

  3. John Lewis

    John Lewis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-2020 (aged 80)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    In 1967 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    human rights activistchairpersonpolitician
    Biography

    John Robert Lewis was an American politician and civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966. Lewis was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In an incident which became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers and police attacked the marchers, including Lewis.

  4. Marion Barry

    Marion Barry
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-2014 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    human rights activistpolitician
    Biography

    Marion Shepilov Barry was an American politician who served as the second and fourth mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991 and 1995 to 1999. A Democrat, Barry had served three tenures on the Council of the District of Columbia, representing as an at-large member from 1975 to 1979 and in Ward 8 from 1993 to 1995, and again from 2005 to 2014.

  5. Kym Whitley

    Kym Whitley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    film actorcomediansingervoice actorcomposer
    Biography

    Kym Elizabeth Whitley is an American comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles on television sitcoms, such as Animal Practice, The Boondocks, Young & Hungry, The Parkers, and Black Dynamite. Whitley was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role as Ormandy in the 2003 comedy film Deliver Us From Eva.

  6. Nikki Giovanni

    Nikki Giovanni
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    writerteacherpoet
    Biography

    Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni Jr. is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and the NAACP Image Award. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has been named as one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 "Living Legends".

  7. James Weldon Johnson

    James Weldon Johnson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1871-1938 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    novelistpoliticianlawyerjuristwriter
    Biography

    James Weldon Johnson was an American writer and civil rights activist. He was married to civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson. Johnson was a leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917. In 1920, he was the first African American to be chosen as executive secretary of the organization, effectively the operating officer. He served in that position from 1920 to 1930. Johnson established his reputation as a writer, and was known during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems, novel, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture. He wrote the lyrics for "Lift Every Voice and Sing", which later became known as the Negro National Anthem, the music being written by his younger brother, composer J. Rosamond Johnson.

  8. Frederica Wilson

    Frederica Wilson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    In 1963 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianhead teacher
    Biography

    Frederica Smith Wilson is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 2011, representing Florida's 24th congressional district. Located in South Florida, Wilson's congressional district, numbered as the 17th during her first term, covers a large swath of eastern Miami-Dade County and a sliver of southern Broward County. The district contains most of Miami's majority-black precincts, as well as parts of Opa-locka, North Miami, Hollywood, and Miramar. Wilson gained national attention in 2012 for her comments on the death of Trayvon Martin.

  9. Alcee Hastings

    Alcee Hastings
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-2021 (aged 85)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    In 1958 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Alcee Lamar Hastings was an American politician and judge from the state of Florida.

  10. Alma Powell

    Alma Powell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Biography

    Alma Vivian Powell is an American audiologist and the widow of military and political figure Colin Powell, whom she married on August 25, 1962.

  11. Diane Nash

    Diane Nash
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    human rights activist
    Biography

    Diane Judith Nash is an American civil rights activist, and a leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement.

  12. Mandisa

    Mandisa
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    singercomposer
    Biography

    Mandisa Lynn Hundley, known professionally as Mandisa, is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Her career began as a contestant in the fifth season of American Idol, in which she finished in ninth place. She is the fifth American Idol alumna to win a Grammy Award, for her album Overcomer in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category.

  13. Lil Hardin Armstrong

    Lil Hardin Armstrong
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1898-1971 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    pianistjazz musiciancomposerconductorbandleader
    Biography

    Lillian Hardin Armstrong was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader. She was the second wife of Louis Armstrong, with whom she collaborated on many recordings in the 1920s.

  14. Nella Larsen

    Nella Larsen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1891-1964 (aged 73)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    Studied in 1907
    Occupations
    nursenovelistwriterlibrarian
    Biography

    Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen was an American novelist. Working as a nurse and a librarian, she published two novels, Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929), and a few short stories. Though her literary output was scant, she earned recognition by her contemporaries.

  15. Roland Hayes

    Roland Hayes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1887-1977 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    composertenor
    Biography

    Roland Wiltse Hayes was an American lyric tenor and composer. Critics lauded his abilities and linguistic skills demonstrated with songs in French, German, and Italian. Earlier African-American concert artists were not recorded, with Hayes being one of the first to break this barrier and in 1939 he recorded with Columbia. Earlier both Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson had recorded from the classical repertoire.

  16. John Hope Franklin

    John Hope Franklin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1915-2009 (aged 94)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    In 1935 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    university teacherprofessorhistorianwriter
    Biography

    John Hope Franklin was an American historian of the United States and former president of Phi Beta Kappa, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Southern Historical Association. Franklin is best known for his work From Slavery to Freedom, first published in 1947, and continually updated. More than three million copies have been sold. In 1995, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

  17. Constance Baker Motley

    Constance Baker Motley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2005 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    judgelawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Constance Baker Motley was an American jurist and politician, who served as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A key strategist of the civil rights movement, she was state senator, and Borough President of Manhattan in New York City before becoming a United States federal judge. She obtained a role with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund as a staff attorney in 1946 after receiving her law degree, and continued her work with the organization for more than twenty years. She was the first Black woman to argue at the Supreme Court and argued 10 landmark civil rights cases, winning nine. She was a law clerk to Thurgood Marshall, aiding him in the case Brown v. Board of Education. Motley was also the first African-American woman appointed to the federal judiciary, serving as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  18. Otis Boykin

    Otis Boykin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1920-1982 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    scientistinventor
    Biography

    Otis Frank Boykin was an American inventor and engineer. His inventions include electrical resistors used in computing, missile guidance, and pacemakers.

  19. George Padmore

    George Padmore
    Born in
    Trinidad and Tobago Flag Trinidad and Tobago
    Years
    1903-1959 (aged 56)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalisthistorianwriter
    Biography

    George Padmore, born Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse, was a leading Pan-Africanist, journalist, and author. He left his native Trinidad in 1924 to study medicine in the United States, where he also joined the Communist Party.

  20. Jimmie Lunceford

    Jimmie Lunceford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1902-1947 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    bandleadercomposersaxophonistconductorjazz musician
    Biography

    James Melvin Lunceford was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era.

  21. Judith Jamison

    Judith Jamison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    dancerchoreographer
    Biography

    Judith Ann Jamison is an American dancer and choreographer. She is the artistic director emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

  22. Mary Frances Berry

    Mary Frances Berry
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    activisthistorianlawyerwriteruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Mary Frances Berry is an American historian, writer, lawyer, activist and professor who focuses on U.S. constitutional and legal, African-American history. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought where she teaches American legal history at the Department of History, School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the former chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Previously, Berry was provost of the College of Behavioral and Social Science at University of Maryland, College Park, and was the first African American chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  23. Malia Cohen

    Malia Cohen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Malia M. Cohen is an American politician serving as a member of the California State Board of Equalization from the 2nd district, which covers 23 counties in California and a population of approximately 9.5 million people. A member of the Democratic Party, Cohen previously served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 10, and is a candidate for California State Controller in the 2022 election.

  24. Ethel Ayler

    Ethel Ayler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-2018 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    film actoractorstage actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Ethyl Spraggins Ayler was an American character actress with a career spanning over five decades.

  25. Hazel R. O'Leary

    Hazel R. O'Leary
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Hazel Reid O'Leary is an American lawyer, politican and university administrator who served as the 7th United States secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. A member of the Democratic Party, O'Leary was the first woman and first African American to hold the post. She also served as the 14th president of Fisk University from 2004 to 2013, a historically black college and her alma mater. O'Leary's tenure at Fisk came amid financial difficulty for the school, during which time she increased enrollment and contentiously used the school's art collection to raise funds.

  26. Robert McFerrin

    Robert McFerrin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2006 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    singeropera singer
    Biography

    Robert Keith McFerrin Sr. was an American operatic baritone and the first African-American man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. His voice was described by critic Albert Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times as "a baritone of beautiful quality, even in all registers, and with a top that partakes of something of a tenor's ringing brilliance." He was the father of Grammy Award-winning vocalist Robert McFerrin Jr., better known as Bobby McFerrin.

  27. David Levering Lewis

    David Levering Lewis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-.. (age 86)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    Studied in 1956
    Occupations
    university teacherbiographerhistorianwriter
    Biography

    David Levering Lewis is an American historian, a Julius Silver University Professor, and a professor of history at New York University. He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, for part one and part two of his biography of W. E. B. Du Bois (in 1994 and 2001, respectively). He is the first author to win Pulitzer Prizes for biography for two successive volumes on the same subject.

  28. Johnnetta B. Cole

    Johnnetta B. Cole
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-.. (age 86)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    Studied in 1952-1953
    Occupations
    professoracademic administratormuseum directoranthropologist
    Biography

    Johnnetta Betsch Cole is an American anthropologist, educator, museum director, and college president. Cole was the first female African-American president of Spelman College, a historically black college, serving from 1987 to 1997. She was president of Bennett College from 2002 to 2007. During 2009–2017 she was Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art.

  29. Charles Diggs

    Charles Diggs
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1922-1998 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    funeral directorpolitician
    Biography

    Charles Coles Diggs Jr. was an American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan who served in the state senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Diggs was an early member of the civil rights movement. In September 1955, the Michigan Representative garnered national attention when he attended the trial of the two white Mississippians accused of murdering Emmett Till. He was also elected the first chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and was a staunch critic of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

  30. Minnie M. Cox

    Minnie M. Cox
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1869-1933 (aged 64)
    Occupations
    businesspersonteacherpostmaster
    Biography

    Minnie M. Cox (1869–1933) was an American teacher who was appointed the first Black postmaster in Mississippi, following closely behind Anna M. Dumas, who was appointed to the same position in 1872 in Covington, Louisiana. Though she made national headlines after President Theodore Roosevelt refused to release her from her position after threats of violence from whites in Indianola, Cox was dedicated to equal rights in Mississippi. Responding to the disparities in resources available to Black citizens for banking and insurance, she opened her own bank and insurance companies to protect their assets.

  31. William Levi Dawson

    William Levi Dawson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1886-1970 (aged 84)
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    Studied in 1909
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    William Levi Dawson was an American politician and lawyer who represented a Chicago, Illinois district for more than 27 years in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1943 to his death in office in 1970. In 1949, he became the first African American to chair a congressional committee.

  32. Wade H. McCree

    Wade H. McCree
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1920-1987 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    judgelawyeruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Wade Hampton McCree Jr. was an American attorney, judge, public official and law professor. He was the first African American appointed as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the second African-American United States Solicitor General in the history of the United States. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School after leaving government service in 1981, and taught there until the time of his death.

  33. Charles H. Wesley

    Charles H. Wesley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1891-1987 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Charles Harris Wesley was an American historian, educator, minister, and author. He published more than 15 books on African-American history, taught for decades at Howard University, and served as president of Wilberforce University, and founding president of Central State University, both in Ohio.

  34. Willie Smith

    Willie Smith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1910-1967 (aged 57)
    Occupations
    clarinetistsaxophonistjazz musician
    Biography

    William McLeish Smith was an American saxophonist and one of the major alto saxophone players of the swing era. He also played clarinet and sang.

  35. Vivienne Malone-Mayes

    Vivienne Malone-Mayes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1932-1995 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    mathematician
    Biography

    Vivienne Lucille Malone-Mayes was an American mathematician and professor. Malone-Mayes studied properties of functions, as well as methods of teaching mathematics. She was the fifth African-American woman to gain a PhD in mathematics in the United States, and the first African-American member of the faculty of Baylor University.

  36. Eliza Ann Grier

    Eliza Ann Grier
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1864-1902 (aged 38)
    Occupations
    gynaecologistobstetricianphysician
    Biography

    Eliza Anna Grier was an American physician and the first African-American woman licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. state of Georgia.

  37. Carolyn Parker

    Carolyn Parker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1917-1966 (aged 49)
    Occupations
    university teacherphysicist
    Biography

    Carolyn Beatrice Parker was a physicist who worked from 1943 to 1947 on the Dayton Project, the plutonium research and development arm of the Manhattan Project. She was one of a small number of African American scientists and technicians on the Manhattan Project. She then became an assistant professor in physics at Fisk University.

  38. Louis George Gregory

    Louis George Gregory
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1874-1951 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Louis George Gregory was a prominent American member of the Baháʼí Faith who was devoted to its expansion in the United States and elsewhere. He traveled especially in the South to spread the word about it. In 1922 he was the first African American elected to the nine-member National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada. He was repeatedly re-elected to that position, leading a generation and more of followers. He also worked to prosyletize the faith to Central and South America.

  39. John Wesley Work, Jr

    John Wesley Work, Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1871-1925 (aged 54)
    Occupations
    songwritermusicologistfolk song collector
    Biography

    John Wesley Work Jr. was the first African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, and also a choral director, educationalist and songwriter. He is now sometimes known as John Wesley Work II, to distinguish him from his son, John Wesley Work III.

  40. Cora Brown

    Cora Brown
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1914-1972 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Cora Mae Brown, was the first African-American woman elected (rather than appointed) to a state senate in the United States. She won her seat in the Michigan State Senate in 1952. Brown was a Democrat who represented Detroit.

  41. Victor O. Frazer

    Victor O. Frazer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Victor O. Frazer is an Saint Thomian lawyer and former politician, having served as the 3rd elected Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives. He was born in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. He attended Fisk University and the Howard University Law School. He was admitted to the bar in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  42. Tuajuanda Jordan

    Tuajuanda Jordan
    Enrolled in Fisk University
    Graduated with Bachelor of Science in chemistry
    Occupations
    biochemistacademic administrator
    Biography

    Tuajuanda C. Jordan has served as the seventh president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland since July 1, 2014. From 2006 to 2011, Jordan served as director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance program, where she launched the SEA-PHAGES program. This program has been implemented at more than 100 institutions and resulted in numerous scientific and pedagogical publications. Prior to joining St. Mary’s College, Jordan also held a number of leadership positions in higher education, including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.

  43. Jasper Alston Atkins

    Jasper Alston Atkins
    Years
    1898-1982 (aged 84)
    Biography

    Jasper Alston Atkins was an attorney, activist, and educator.

  44. Alfred Oscar Coffin

    Alfred Oscar Coffin
    Years
    1861-1933 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    biologist
    Biography

    Alfred Oscar Coffin was a professor of mathematics and Romance language. He is best known for being the first African American to obtain a PhD in biology.

  45. Jennie Jackson

    Jennie Jackson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1852-1910 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Jennie Jackson was an American singer and voice teacher. She was one of the original members of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, an African-American a cappella ensemble. She toured with the group from 1871 to 1877. In 1891 she formed her own sextet, the Jennie Jackson Concert Company.

  46. John Houston Burrus

    John Houston Burrus
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1849-1917 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    activist
    Biography

    John Houston Burrus was an educator in Nashville, Tennessee and Lorman, Mississippi. He was a member of the first class of students at Fisk University in Nashville and when that class graduated became among the first group of African-Americans to graduate from a liberal arts college south of the Mason–Dixon line. He was a professor of mathematics at Fisk and in 1883 became the second president of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, a position he held until 1893.

  47. Elwood Robinson

    Elwood Robinson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    psychologistacademic administrator
    Biography

    Elwood L. Robinson is an American academic, university administrator and clinical psychologist currently serving as the 13th Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. He previously served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  48. David Abner Jr

    David Abner Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1860-1928 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    David Abner Jr. was an American educator. He was the first president of Guadalupe College and then of Conroe College.

  49. Bert Cumby

    Bert Cumby
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1912-1981 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Bert Cumby was a United States military intelligence officer who served as head of research of the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Corps and led the debriefing of repatriated American prisoners of war (POWs) during the Korean War. In 1956 he testified to a United States Senate committee regarding an international communist conspiracy he alleged was underway, the objective of which was the admission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. According to Cumby, this was to be partially accomplished through the brainwashing of American POWs prior to their repatriation to the United States; they would, in turn, create a nucleus of domestic support for China-friendly policies within the U.S.

  50. Thomas W. Talley

    Thomas W. Talley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1870-1952 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    chemistfolklorist
    Biography

    Thomas Washington Talley was a chemistry professor at Fisk University and a collector of African American folk songs.

  51. Wilhelmina Ruth Delco

    Wilhelmina Ruth Delco
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1929-.. (age 93)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Wilhelmina Ruth Delco is an American politician who served in the Texas House of Representatives. She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1986.

  52. Samuel A. McElwee

    Samuel A. McElwee
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1857-..
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Samuel A. McElwee was a lawyer and politician in the United States. He was born enslaved in 1857 in Haywood County, Tennessee. His parents were Robert and Georgianna McElwee. He became a lawyer and the most influential Republican Party leader in Haywood County following the Reconstruction era. He served in the Tennessee General Assembly from 1883 to 1888. He was the first African American to serve three terms in legislature and also the first one to be nominated as the Speaker of the House.

  53. James J. Durham

    James J. Durham
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1849-1920 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    Christian minister
    Biography

    James J. Durham was a Baptist minister in South Carolina and the founder of Morris College in 1908. He was a member of the board at Morehouse College and an officer in state and national Baptist conventions.

  54. Rahn Coleman

    Rahn Coleman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    record producercomposeroboistpianistviolinist
    Biography

    Ronald Edward "Rahn" Coleman is an American record producer, musical director, arranger, orchestrator, composer, vocal coach, and pianist. Coleman was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in nearby Oakland, where he attended public school and began studying piano at age 4. He has also played oboe, clarinet, violin, English horn and pipe organ.

  55. Irvin C. Miller

    Irvin C. Miller
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1884-1975 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    playwrightactor
    Biography

    Irvin Colloden Miller was an American actor, playwright, and vaudeville show writer and producer. He was responsible for successful theater shows including Broadway Rastus (1921), Liza (1922), Dinah (1923), which introduced the wildly popular black bottom dance, and Desires of 1927 starring Adelaide Hall. For thirty years he directed the popular review, Brown Skin Models, influenced by the Ziegfeld Follies but exclusively using black performers. "In the 1920s and 1930s, he was arguably the most well-established and successful producer of black musical comedy."

  56. Arnett E. Girardeau

    Arnett E. Girardeau
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1929-2017 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    politiciandentist
    Biography

    Arnett Elysus Girardeau Sr. was an American dentist and former politician in the state of Florida.

  57. Minnie Tate

    Minnie Tate
    Years
    1857-1899 (aged 42)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Minnie Tate was the youngest original member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

  58. Mary Eliza Walker Crump

    Mary Eliza Walker Crump
    Years
    1857-1928 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Mary Eliza Walker Crump was an African-American contralto singer and manager, one of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers.

  59. W. H. Lanier

    W. H. Lanier
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1855-1929 (aged 74)
    Biography

    William Henry Lanier was a prominent educator in Mississippi during the late 19th century and early 20th century.

  60. Henry H. Proctor

    Henry H. Proctor
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1868-1933 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    minister
    Biography

    Henry Hugh Proctor was a minister of the First Congregational Church in Atlanta, the second-oldest African American Congregational church in the United States. He was also an author and lecturer.

  61. Thomas J. Calloway

    Thomas J. Calloway
    Years
    1866-1930 (aged 64)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Thomas Junius Calloway was an African-American journalist, educator and lawyer.

  62. Irene McCoy Gaines

    Irene McCoy Gaines
    Years
    1892-1964 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    social workercivil rights advocatesuffragist
    Biography

    Irene McCoy Gaines was an American social worker and civil rights activist who fought against segregation throughout her adult life.

  63. Georgia Gordon Taylor

    Georgia Gordon Taylor
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1855-1913 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Georgia Gordon Taylor was an American soprano singer from the U.S. state of Tennessee. She was the leader of the "Original Fisk Jubilee Singers".

  64. Ramona Edelin

    Ramona Edelin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    academicconsultantactivist
    Biography

    Ramona Hoage Edelin is an American academic, activist and consultant. Edelin is credited with introducing the term "African American" into the general vernacular. She has been named one of the most influential Black Americans by Ebony. Today, she serves as executive director of the DC Association of Charter Schools.

  65. Millicent Lownes-Jackson

    Millicent Lownes-Jackson
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Millicent Gray Lownes-Jackson is an American professor and author. She became the dean of the college of business at Tennessee State University on July 1, 2013. She is the founder of the non-profit organizations Interdenominational Services Organization of America, Inc. and The World Institute for Sustainable Education and Research (The WISER Group).

  66. Mame Stewart Josenberger

    Mame Stewart Josenberger
    Years
    1868-1964 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    businesspersoneducator
    Biography

    Mame Stewart Josenberger was an American educator, businesswoman, and clubwoman, based in Arkansas for most of her career.

  67. Althea Brown Edmiston

    Althea Brown Edmiston
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1874-1937 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    missionary
    Biography

    Althea Maria Brown Edmiston was an African-American teacher and Presbyterian missionary, working in the Belgian Congo for more than thirty years. She compiled the first dictionary and grammar for Bushong, the language of the Kuba Kingdom.

  68. Lena Terrell Jackson

    Lena Terrell Jackson
    Years
    1865-1943 (aged 78)
    Biography

    Lena Terrell Jackson was an American educator. She taught Latin to African-American students in Nashville, Tennessee for over fifty years.

  69. Bilikiss Adebiyi

    Bilikiss Adebiyi
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Bilikiss Adebiyi or Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola is a Nigerian CEO of the Lagos-based recycling company, Wecyclers. She believes: "one man's waste is another man's treasure." She and her company have gathered many awards and prizes including the King Baudouin International Development Prize in 2018/19.

  70. Willis Elbert Mollison

    Willis Elbert Mollison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1859-1924 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    teacherlawyerbankerpolitician
    Biography

    Willis Elbert Mollison was a teacher, newspaper editor, politician, banker, businessman, lawyer, public official, and civil rights advocate in Mississippi. He moved to Chicago in 1917.