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Donna M. Wells

photographer, journalist, and diplomat, was born on the campus of Atlanta University (later Clark Atlanta University), in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Oglethorpe Laboratory Elementary School, a practice school on the campus. Davis's professional career began in high school and continued until his retirement in 1985. He was first introduced to photography by William (Bill) Brown, an instructor at the Atlanta University Laboratory High School where Davis was a student. Throughout high school and later as a student at Morehouse, Davis supported himself through photography assignments from local newspapers and public relations firms.

Davis's college education was suspended in 1944 when he joined the armed forces during World War II and fought with the Ninety-second Infantry Division in Italy. After his tour, Griffith returned to Atlanta in 1946 and continued his college studies. He befriended writer and professor Langston Hughes and civil rights activist and ...


Benjamin Letzler

law professor, dean, and diplomat, was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, to the Reverend Clarence Clyde Ferguson Sr. and Georgeva Ferguson. After a childhood in Baltimore he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, earning a Bronze Star, before attending Ohio State University on a football scholarship. He soon left the football squad to focus on his academic work, completing his AB cum laude in two and a half years. Ferguson earned his LLB cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1951, one of three black members of the class.

After a year as a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School and a year in private practice in New York, Ferguson served as assistant general counsel to the Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Harness Racing. Ferguson married the artist and sculptor Dolores Zimmerman in 1954 After her death in the late ...


Michael L. Krenn

career diplomat and six-time U.S. ambassador, was born Terence Alphonso Todman in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, the son of Alphonse and Rachel Todman. Terence's father worked as a grocery clerk and occasionally as a stevedore, while his mother worked as a laundress and housemaid.

After graduating as the salutatorian from his high school in Saint Thomas, Todman began his college education at the Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico. Military service interrupted his education, however, and he spent four years in the U.S. Army. Following completion of his duties he returned to finish his bachelor's degree in Puerto Rico and then went on to Syracuse University, where he earned an MA in Public Administration in 1953.

By that time Todman had decided that he wished to pursue a career in diplomacy, and after passing the federal entry exams in 1952 he took a position with the Department ...