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Fenwick, Lila Althea  

Michael Zhang

was born in New York, New York, to Trinidadian immigrants, John and Hilda Fenwick. Her father was a landlord who managed several properties located in Harlem and the Bronx.

Fenwick attended Barnard College in New York, where she graduated in 1953 with a degree in history. Upon graduation, Fenwick attended Harvard Law School. She was one of only a handful of women in her class since the law school began admitting women only in 1950 just three years prior to Fenwick s arrival While women were now admitted to the institution they were not necessarily made to feel welcome For many years women served as targets for their male peers and professors Notoriously a monthly event known as Ladies Day involved professors calling on female students in class with the intention to publicly embarrass and humiliate the respondents Fenwick also recollected an instance during her time at Harvard Law ...


Johnson, Ellsworth “Bumpy”  

H. Zahra Caldwell

Harlem gangster, was born Ellsworth Raymond Johnson in Charleston, South Carolina. He acquired the nickname “Bumpy” as a boy when his parents discovered a small marble-sized bump on the back of his head. This bump was simply an accident of birth, but it would provide Ellsworth with the nickname by which he would be known throughout his life. Little is known of Johnson's parents or childhood; however, by the age of fifteen he had moved to Brooklyn, New York, to live with an aunt. He finished high school and at sixteen he moved to Harlem to live on his own. He was soon involved in a life of petty crime. By sixteen he could already be described as a stickup gunman and a second-story burglar.

At the age of seventeen Johnson was sent to a reformatory in Elmira NewYork This stay would serve as the beginning of nearly half ...


Phillips, Vel  

LaRose M. Davis

was born Velvalea Hortense Rodgers, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the second of three daughters of Thelma Etha Payne Rodgers, a homemaker, and Russell Lowell Rodgers, a small business owner. Her mother’s side of the family included an African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) bishop as well as African missionaries. From an early age Phillips demonstrated an intellectual prowess that would be the hallmark of her academic career. After graduating from North Division High School in 1942, she won an Elks Scholarship that allowed her to study at Howard University and graduate in 1946. In 1947 she met and married fellow student W. Dale Phillips. After two years of working as a social worker, Phillips enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Madison law school. In 1951 she became the first African American woman to earn a law degree from the UW.

After her graduation the couple moved to Milwaukee where Phillips immediately ...


Price, Hugh Bernard  

Sara Bagby

lawyer, journalist, philanthropist, and activist, was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Charlotte Schuster and Kline Price, a physician. Dr. Kline Price raised his middle-class family in close relationship to Howard University where he practiced medicine. Hugh began his primary schooling at Blanche K. Bruce Elementary School during segregation, later to finish in the desegregated Coolidge High School. Price received his bachelor's degree in 1963 from Amherst College, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Also in 1963, Price married Marilyn Lloyd, Washington, D.C., resident and daughter of Ruth Lloyd and Dr. Sterling Lloyd, a professor of anatomy at Howard University's medical school. Price and his wife had three daughters—Lauren, Janeen, and Traer. The couple moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Price attended law school at Yale University until his graduation in 1966 ...