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Michele Valerie Ronnick

He was the son of David Henry Ferris (c. 1847–?) and Sara Jefferson Alexander Ferris (11 October 1847– May 1923) and the brother of Mabel Irene Ferris Williams (?–6 October 1924). His father was a Civil War veteran having joined Company E of the 20th Regiment of the US Colored Troops on 20 March 1865 when he was eighteen years old in New York. After studying at the Dixwell Avenue Grammar School, the Shelton Avenue and Gregory Street schools in New Haven, the thirteen-year-old Ferris entered the oldest public school in New Haven, the James Hillhouse School, and while there organized the De Yancey Guards, a colored boys’ militia group, which marched in New Haven’s Memorial Day Parade on 30 May 1888. After graduating from Hillhouse, he matriculated at Yale University in 1891 and earned his B.A. in 1895 having studied philosophy English ...


Ann Marie Bissessar

and one of the pioneers in the Caribbean communication industry, was born in Woodford Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 24 February 1930 to Stella Fowler and Gerald Gordon. Gerald Gordon was the sub-intendant of Crown lands. Ken, as he is best known, grew up in St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, and attended the Rosary Boys elementary school, Belmont Boys Intermediate, and later St. Mary’s College, where he was the sergeant of the Cadet Corps and represented the college in cricket and football. He was also the table tennis champion of the school.

In defiance of the colonial norms of the day Gordon was determined to seek a career in the media Against the odds he sought and secured employment as an announcer at Radio Trinidad making him the first black person to be given such an opportunity He would later become the first nonwhite program director in the ...


John G. Turner

the son of Darius McKinley Gray (named for William McKinley, elected president in the year of his birth) and Elsie Johnson Gray. Neighbors in Colorado Springs introduced Darius Aiden Gray to the scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On Christmas Day 1964, one day before his scheduled baptism into the church, the missionaries planning to baptize him informed him that African Americans could not hold the priesthood. For Mormon men in good standing, ordination into the priesthood is an expectation. The ban on persons of African descent holding the priesthood meant that the church’s black members could not hold positions of authority or participate in the sacred ordinances the church taught were necessary for exaltation into celestial glory.

Gray chose to be baptized despite the ban I went home and prayed he later recounted And I received a personal revelation an inspiration from God This ...