Benjamin O. Davis Sr., soldier who became the first black general in the U.S. Army. He was promoted to Brigadier General by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. During World War II, he headed a special unit charged with safeguarding the status and morale of black soldiers in the army, and he served in the European theatre as a special adviser on race relations. He retired in 1948 after 50 years of service.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the President of Liberia, the first elected female head of state in Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She is listed as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Associate degree in accounting at Madison Business College, she studied economics and public policy at Harvard, earning a Master of Public Administration.
"In 1956, Joanne Wilson stood with her niece in front of a movie theater in downtown Mobile, Ala., dressed in their Sunday best. “I wasn’t going in,” Mrs. Wilson recalled. “I didn’t want to take my niece through the back entrance."[COLORED ENTRANCE}. She smelled popcorn and wanted some. All I could think was where I could go to get her popcorn.” That moment was captured by Gordon Parks,.. [Continue reading at the New York Times.