Features Black educators, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Black faculties, teachers, professors, Black fraternities and sororities. Presented are biographies of men and women, some uneducated, with H.S. diplomas, Bachelor degrees, master?s degrees, and PhD's who became scholars, administrators, superintendents and leaders.

James Farmer Sr. born

James Farmer Sr.

*James L. Farmer Sr. was born on this date in1886. He was an African American educator, administrator, minister and historian.

From Kingstree, South Carolina, James Leonard Farmer’s parents, former slaves, were Carolina and Lorena (Wilson) Farmer. The grade school he attended was in Pearson, Ga.; there was no high school for blacks. However Farmer was able to acquire a working scholarship from Mary McCloud Bethune to the Cookman Institute in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Noyes Academy begins classes

Noyes Academy (replica)

*On this date in 1835, we celebrate the Noyes Academy in New Hampshire. In March of that year, twenty-eight Whites and fourteen Blacks commenced classes at newly established Noyes Academy.

Hazel M. Walker, an Ohio pioneer

Hazel M. Walker (Center)

*Hazel Mountain Walker was born on this date in 1889. She was an African American lawyer and educator.

From Warren, Ohio, she was the daughter of Charles and Alice (Bronson) Mountain. Walker attended Cleveland Normal Training School and in 1909 earned a Bachelor's and Master's in Education from Western Reserve University. During the summers, when she was not teaching, Walker worked towards a Law Degree at Baldwin-Wallace College.

William Julius Wilson born

William Julius Wilson

*William Julius Wilson was born on this date in 1935. He is an African American educator and sociologist.

From Derry Township, Pa., Wilson was educated at Wilberforce University (B.A., 1958) and Bowling Green State University (M.A., 1961) in Ohio, as well as at Washington State University (Ph.D., 1966). He joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) as an assistant professor of sociology in 1965. In 1972 he moved to the University of Chicago. He worked at the University of Chicago 1972-1996 before moving to Harvard.

Charles Reason, mathematician and more

Charles L. Reason

*Charles L. Reason was born on this date in 1818. He was a Black mathematician, abolitionist and teacher.

Chicago State University opens

*Chicago State University began conducting classes on this date in 1867. CSU is one of over 100 Historically Black colleges and Universities in America.

They opened their doors as a teacher training school in a leaky railroad freight car in Blue Island, Illinois. Today the university is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on the Southside of Chicago. During its first year, CSU enrolled 62 students. The current student enrollment is nearly 7,200. The path from then until now has been marked by much change.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., a educator with vision

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

*Henry Louis Gates Jr. was born on this date in 1950. He is an African American educator, author, literary critic, and historian.

From Keyser, W.Va., he grew up in neighboring Piedmont. At the age of 14, Gates was injured while playing touch football, fracturing the ball and socket joint of his hip, resulting in a slipped epiphysis. The injury was misdiagnosed and when the physical damage finally healed, Gates' right leg was two inches shorter than his left. Because of the injury, Gates uses a cane to help him walk.

Aline Black fought for equal salaries

Aline Black

*Aline Black was born on this date in 1906. She was an African American educator and activist.

Aline Elizabeth Black was from Norfolk, VA; she attended Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute (later Virginia State University). Black began working in the local school system as a science instructor in 1924.   While teaching and continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she received an M.S. in 1935.

Children Come First, Katie Sample

Katie Sample

*Katie Sample was born on this date in 1933.  She is an African American educator, social worker and child advocate.

Spady Cultural Museum opens

Spady Museum

*The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum opened its doors on this date in 2001.

This is an African American heritage and history center in Delray Beach, FLA. They are operated by EPOCH (Expanding & Preserving Our Cultural Heritage, Inc.), a non-profit organization dedicated to communicating the rich history and cultural diversity of Delray Beach and South Palm Beach County. The Museum is the former home of the late Solomon D. Spady who was a prominent black educator and community leader in Delray Beach from 1922 to 1957.