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.

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.

Merze Tate of Michigan born

Merze Tate

*Merze Tate was born on this date in 1905. She was an African American teacher and administrator.

Vernie Merz Tate, daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Lett) Tate began her education at age 5 in a one-room framed building located on a corner acre of her family's farm. From Blanchard, MI she walked eight miles a day to attend Battle Creek H.S. In 1927 Tate graduated first in her class from Western Michigan Teachers College in Kalamazoo, MI; the schools first Black to earn a B.A. degree.

Solomon D. Spady, teacher and mentor

Solomon D. Spady

*Solomon D. Spady was born on this date in 1887. He was an African American teacher, scientist and administrator.

Avery Clayton, historian and collector

Avery Clayton

*Avery Clayton was born on this date in 1947. He was an African American Educator, Artist, Entrepreneur and Historian.

Clayton was born in Los Angeles, CA to Mayme and Andrew Clayton. His mother was a librarian and his father owned a barbershop. He attended Los Angeles area schools and had two brothers, Renai and Lloyd Clayton. After serving in the Vietnam War, he returned to Los Angeles where he studied art at Los Angeles City College and the UCLA School of Fine Arts.

W. Montaque Cobb, dedicated Anthropologist

W. Montaque Cobb

*W. Montaque Cobb was born on this date in 1903. He was an African American educator, professor of anatomy best known for his research in physical anthropology, the growth and development of the African American, and aging in the adult skeleton.

Ronald Davis connected business' with education

Ronald B. Davis

*On this date in 1947, Ronald Davis was born. He was an African American teacher, businessman and community activist.

Blanche Armwood, a tireless educator

Blanche Armwood

*Blanche Armwood was born on this date in 1890. She was an African American teacher, lawyer and activist.

Dedicated historian, Benjamin Quarles


*Benjamin Quarles was born on this date in 1904. He was an African-American historian.

From Boston, Massachusetts, the son of a subway porter, he entered college at 23, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University in 1931, his M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin 1933, and PhD in 1940. Quarles taught at Shaw, served as dean at Dillard University, and has chaired the history department at Morgan State University.

The Blair-Caldwell Library opens

*On this date in 2003, The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library was dedicated and opened its doors.

Located in Denver, Colorado its mission is to serve as an educational and cultural resource for the people of Denver and the world, focusing on the history, literature, art, music, religion, and politics of African Americans in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Mahmoud El-Kati, a walking encyclopedia

Mahmoud El-Kati

*Mahmoud El-Kati was born on this date in 1935. He is an African American educator, activist, lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience.

From Savannah, Georgia, he is the son of Rufus Williams and Razzie Garvan Williams. El-Kati is one of 3 siblings and graduated from Booker T. Washington H. S. in Miami, Florida. El-Kati also is a graduate of Wilberforce University where he majored in contemporary African American history.