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Kadeem Johnson

first African American Yale University football captain and corporate executive, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to Virginia-born parents, Adaline Hogan Jackson, a house cleaner, and George W. Jackson, a Yale dining hall chef. Not much is known about his childhood, but from his earliest years, Jackson became known for his athleticism and academic achievements.

He joined Hillhouse High School football team after he moved from Branford, Connecticut to New Haven. The Hillhouse football team was 0-7-1 the previous season. In his first year in 1943 he led the team to a perfect 7-0 season and rushed for 272 yards, scoring six touchdowns and adding four extra points in a 52-6 victory over their rival, West Haven. In 1945 Levi Jackson s senior year at Hillhouse the team s record was 7 1 He was selected for the All State team twice He also starred in basketball ...


One of the most powerful, well-connected lawyers in the United States, Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. has had a long, sometimes contradictory career. Few civil rights spokespeople of his generation have attained the kind of corporate and political influence Jordan has, an achievement that was enhanced by his position as a top adviser to and close friend of President Bill Clinton. Yet some critics charged that the former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) field secretary and Urban League president lost touch with his original goals: to improve the economic lives of African Americans.

Jordan was born in Atlanta, Georgia The middle son of a postal clerk and his wife a caterer he was deeply influenced by his mother s drive and business sense As a child he sometimes accompanied her to catering jobs where he observed Atlanta s white establishment especially the Lawyer s Club ...


Johannes Steffens

was born in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of two sons of Camille and William Lowry, both postal workers. Lowry grew up in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood and graduated from Francis Parker High School in 1952. He studied history at Kenyon College in Ohio, graduating with a B.A. in 1956 and lettering in football, baseball, and basketball. Lowry gained prominence in fraternity circles as “the Kenyon affair” because he was the first African American to join Beta Theta Pi despite opposition from the fraternity’s national chapter and other Southern chapters that were against extending full membership to black students. Lowry completed a part-time master’s program in industrial relations at Chicago’s Loyola University in 1969.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for two years and working as an athletic director and teacher at his former high school, Lowry joined Inland Steel Company in 1962 as the first black member ...


Sibyl Collins Wilson

publishing and business executive, was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was adopted by John and Eunice Johnson in 1961 at the age of three. Not much is known about her birth family, but her adopted family changed the course of her life. Her adopted father, John Johnson, was the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and he introduced her to the family's business at a very young age. Rice began spending much of her time in the headquarters where her adopted mother, Eunice Johnson, was the fashion editor for Ebony magazine and was responsible for covering high fashion all over the world. This afforded Rice opportunities to travel, especially abroad, to places such as France and Italy. Rice accompanied her mother and learned the basics of haute couture fashion and the fashion industry at large.

Upon graduating from high school she enrolled in the University of Southern California USC ...