LaVern Baker (1960) // The first Black artist to file a legal grievance against white artists who produced pop covers of her hits. Most of the 'white' popular music was stolen from the African Americans and produced to cater to whites. The original artists couldn't do a thing about it.
When asked why didn't she pass for white, Fredi said "because I'm honest and because you don't have to be white to be good." She felt if she had to deny her black heritage in order to be white, then she rather be black, then live a lie as white.
Jesse Eugene Russell: father of the cell phone Jesse Eugene Russell is an African-American inventor who brought the world cell phones. Trained as an electrical engineer at Tennessee State University, at 63, Russell is recognized globally as a thought-leader, technology expert and innovator of wireless communications. He has more than 30 years experience in advanced wireless communications and is the recognized father of digital cellular technology.
Walter S. McAfee is the African American mathematician and physicist who first calculated the speed of the moon. McAfee participated in Project Diana in the 1940s - a U.S. Army program, created to determine whether a high frequency radio signal could penetrate the earth’s outer atmosphere. To test this, scientists wanted to bounce a radar signal off the moon and back to earth. But the moon was a swiftly moving target, impossible to hit without knowing its exact speed.
Charles Hamilton Houston - prominent lawyer and was the dean of Howard University Law School. Original and main strategist of equality in education. Trained Thurgood Marshall and other to lead what is now known as the Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka, KS. See the film "The Man Who Killed Jim Crow" to learn about Houston's life.