NVLP's Oral History Archive
Video Interviews A-C

Click on the name of a visionary below to go to his or her page.

* Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow

Joe Adams
Entertainment Manager/Actor and long-time manager of Ray Charles
Lucy Allen
Plaintiff in the landmark case to restore the rights and status of African
American Freedman recently expelled from the Cherokee Nation
Clifford Alexander
First African American Secretary of the Army; attorney; businessman;
presidential advisor and counsel; former Chairman of the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission
Maya Angelou
Renowned poet, educator, historian, best-selling author,
actress, playwright, producer, and director
Lee Archer
Member of the distinguished Tuskegee Airmen;
First African American “ Ace.”
Ernie Banks
Major League ballplayer known as "Mr. Cub"first
National Leaguer to win the MVP Award in consecutive
years (1958 to 1959)
Rev. Willie T. Barrow
Minister, Activist, Chairman Emeritus of Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Rudolph Belisle*
Entrepreneur and Warden of Orleans Parish Prison
Derrick Bell
Civil Rights lawyer, author, and first African American
professor tenured at Harvard Law School
Lerone Bennett Jr.
Executive editor of Ebony magazine and author of Before the
Mayflower: A History of Black America
William Betts*
Jazz Bassist
Adolpho Birch*
Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice
David Harold Blackwell
Mathematician in the fields of applied mathematics and statistics
Lillie Bowman*
J. Robert Bradley*
Gospel Singer
William E. Brantley*
Randolph W. Bromery
Geologist and geophysicist, former chancellor of University of
Massachusetts, Amherst; Tuskegee Airman
Edward Brooke
First African American member of the US Senate since Reconstruction
Calvin Brown
Pioneering Hollywood stunt performer, who doubled for Bill Cosby
in the network series “I Spy”
Chuck Brown
Enduring soul and jazz artist, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go"
for pioneering this unique and popular urban dance music
Eleanor Brown*
Guidance Counselor, Principal & Former President of Jack and Jill of
Oscar Brown, Jr.
Singer, Poet, Playwright, Activist
Willie Brown
Former Mayor of San Francisco CA; the California Assembly’s
longest serving Speaker and the first AfricanAmerican to
represent San Francisco in the state legislature.
Roscoe Lee Browne
Internationally renowned actor on both stage and screen
C.C. Bryant
Social activist and civil rights leader; instrumental in desegregating
Mississippi facilities, as well as the "Freedom Summer" Mississippi
black voter education and registration drives
Yvonne Burke
First African American congresswoman and assemblywoman
elected from California; first African American member of the
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Earl Caldwell*
Ground-breaking journalist whose refusal to disclose confidential
information involving his sources in the Black Panther party led him to
become a central figure in one of the century's most celebrated cases
involving reporters' rights
James Cameron
Founder of America's Black Holocaust Museum; recognized in 2005
by the U.S. Senate as the nation's oldest known survivor of a lynching
Diahann Carroll
Pioneering stage, television and film actress; first black woman to star
in a network television series, Julia
Robert Lee Carter
Judge; one of the lead attorneys for Brown v. Board of Education
Elizabeth Catlett
Internationally acclaimed artist, known for her extraordinary sculptures
and lithographs
Ray Charles
Legendary recording artist, singer, songwriter and musician
Leah Chase
Executive Chef of Dooky Chase's Restaurant, a New Orleans Creole
Landmark; Civil Rights Activis
Mary Alice Chineworth
Member and former director of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
Shirley Chisholm
First African American woman to serve in the US Congress, and to
actively run for the presidency of the United States under a major party
Robert Churchwell*
Retired Journalist
Margaret Washington Clifford*
Educator, Granddaughter of Booker T. Washington
Alice Coachman
1st African American woman Olympic Gold medal winner
William T. Coleman, Jr.
First African American Secretary of Transportation; First African
American Supreme Court Clerk; Coauthor of Brown v. Board Brief
Cardiss Collins
Politician, Longest-serving African American Congresswoman
John Conyers, Jr.
Chairman of House Judiciary Committee, co-founder of the
Congressional Black Caucus and the second-longest-serving
member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Evelyn Cunningham
Reporter, editor and columnist for the Pittsburgh Courier, one
of the foremost dailies of the “Negro Press;”served as special
assistant to NY Governor and U.S Vice President Nelson