Trying to remain focused until it all pays off.

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Carl B. Stokes is best known for being Cleveland’s 51st mayor — the first African-American mayor of a major United States city. He was also a soldier, a lawyer, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, a broadcaster, a judge, a father, brother to a Congressman, and a US Ambassador.

Carl B. Stokes is best known for being Cleveland’s 51st mayor — the first African-American mayor of a major United States city. He was also a soldier, a lawyer, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, a broadcaster, a judge, a father, brother to a Congressman, and a US Ambassador.

Ernest Green at Michigan Student University, c. 1961.

Ernest Green, the eldest of the Little Rock Nine and the the first black student to graduate from Little Rock Central High School. Green went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a B.A. in 1962 an M.A. in 1964.

Pioneering surgeon, Augustus A. White, c. 1969 
White completed his pre-medical studies at Brown University in 1957 and in 1961 was the first African American graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Receiving his Ph.D. degree in orthopedic biomechanics at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, he then worked as the first African American surgical resident at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. White also served in Vietnam as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, earning a Bronze Star. 

Pioneering surgeon, Augustus A. White, c. 1969 

White completed his pre-medical studies at Brown University in 1957 and in 1961 was the first African American graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Receiving his Ph.D. degree in orthopedic biomechanics at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, he then worked as the first African American surgical resident at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. White also served in Vietnam as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, earning a Bronze Star. 

Cleveland’s first Black millionaire, Alonzo Wright photographed with his wife outside of their home in the early 60s.

Cleveland’s first Black millionaire, Alonzo Wright photographed with his wife outside of their home in the early 60s.

William Still

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The “Father” of the Underground Railroad. Helped to lead as many as 800 slaves to freedom over the course of 14 years leading up to the Civil War.

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One of my favorite historical figures. Check out this PBS documentary Underground Railroad: The William Still Story.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, the first black woman to earn a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in nuclear physics.

"Do I love him enough to make any sacrifice? Yes. Can I give him up and not miss him? No." - Coretta Scott King 

"Do I love him enough to make any sacrifice? Yes. Can I give him up and not miss him? No." - Coretta Scott King