New York native Joan Baez is an accomplished American Folk singer, songwriter and social activist of Mexican and Scottish descent. Some of her most popular songs include ‘There But for Fortune and ‘Diamonds and Rust. Joan is known for using her music to express her social and political views.
In 1941, Daisy Bates and her husband Lucius Christopher Bates founded the Arkansas State Press, a newspaper devoted to advocacy and civil rights. Following the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court Decision, Daisy began taking black students to white schools to be registered. She played a critical and leading role in […]
She’s a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and a much celebrated multidisciplinary artist. Marie Watt was the first Native American student to earn a MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Smithsonian, Renwick Gallery and the Albright-Knox Gallery.
On June 18, 1947, while Jackie Robinson was making major headlines as the first African American to play Major League Baseball since the 1880’s, Hattie Simmons was quietly trailblazing new ground of her own. Without the lights, cameras and fanfare, Hattie Simmons earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, becoming the first African American […]
1917 – 1942 Mess Attendant First Class aboard the USS San Francisco. Killed in action while evacuating and caring for wounded shipmates under Japanese attack During WWII. First African-American to have a ship named in his honor, USS Harmon (DE-678)
In 2019, Joy became the first Native American to be named United States Poet Laureate and only the second in history to serve three terms. Born May 9, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is considered a key figure in the native American Literary Renaissance. In addition to poetry, Harjo has taught in several universities in […]
Born John Maurice Hartman on July 3, 1923 in Houma Louisiana. John Hartman held critical acclaim as a performer and recording artist. His velvet smooth voice was unmistakable, making him the only vocalist to record with renowned saxophonist John Coltrane as band leader. The collaboration, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman was recorded in 1963 and […]
December 7, 1941 is not only etched in history for the attack on Pear Harbor, it’s also the birthday of news broadcast journalist, author Carole Simpson, the first African-American woman to anchor a national news broadcast. Carole began her career in Chicago on WCFL radio before moving to local television station WBBM and onto ABC […]