Judge Joseph W. Hatchett (1932- ). A native of Clearwater, in 1975 he became the first African American to be appointed to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. Later, he was appointed to serve on the Federal bench. Retired since 1999, he currently resides in Tallahassee.
Mary McLeod Bethune: "Symphony of Life" Born into a family of seventeen children whose parents had once been slaves, Mary McLeod Bethune became one of the most indefatigable voices for global equality and understanding in the immediate years before and after World War II. She was a self-assured educator, activist, and columnist and found in prayer one of life’s great comforts. Here she expresses her firm belief in the beauty of diversity throughout the world.
Juanita Moore started her acting career in the early ’50s, a time during which very few Black actresses were given roles of substance in major-studio films. Fortunately, Juanita’s roles began improving as Hollywood tentatively developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. In 1959, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Imitation of Life (1959), a glossy updating of a once-controversial Fannie Hurst novel about racial inequity.
Beah Richards (1924-2000) was an actress and writer who became best known for strong female portrayals. She was able to bring strength, integrity, and wisdom to her characterizations, and in addition to being an actress, was a talented playwright.
Nina Mae McKinney was an American actress who worked internationally in theatre, film and television after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, she was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States and was one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.
Lonette McKee is an American film, television and theater actress, music composer/producer/songwriter, screenwriter and director. She is most known for her role as Sister Williams in the original 1976 film Sparkle. Born: July 22, 1954 (age 59), Detroit, MI