professional basketball player and humanitarian activist, was born in Gogrial, Sudan. Born to Madut and Okwok Bol, his father was a herder in the Sudan. Legend has it that Bol, who shared this task, once killed a lion with a spear while tending the family's cattle. Members of the Dinka tribe, noteworthy for their height, Bol's parents were tall—his mother was 6 feet 10 inches. Bol grew to an extraordinary 7 feet 7 inches. When he was a teenager with such height, a cousin suggested he take up basketball. Playing for a team in the larger city of Wau and later in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, Bol was discovered by Don Feeley, a coach from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He came to the United States in 1983 and although he weighed only 180 pounds and lacked athleticism Bol was drafted by the then ...
feminist and activist, was born Loretta June Ross in Temple, Texas, the sixth of eight children of Alexander Ross, a mailman and military serviceman who was born in Jamaica, and Lorene Burton, a domestic worker who later became a full-time homemaker. Because of Alexander Ross's career in the army, the Ross family moved around a lot, living in Oklahoma, California, and Texas. In 1963 the family eventually settled in San Antonio, Texas, where Loretta Ross attended Sam Houston High School. She was always a conscientious student. While in middle school in California she skipped two grades because of her high marks in the state's mandatory testing system. Loretta Ross was an honors student in high school, where she was identified, groomed, and subsequently offered a scholarship to Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by a program for promising minority students.
At the age of fourteen Ross became pregnant ...