NVLP's Oral History Archive
Video Interviews S-Z
Click on the name of a visionary below to go to his or her page.
* Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow
Prominent, pioneering artist whose works, infused with a sense of mysticism and family, poignantly critique racism, sexism and oppression
Chief Finance Officer, Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, Inc.; worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a former Controller for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Poet, Professor, Activist, key figure in the Black Arts Movement, winner of the American Book Award and the Robert Frost Medal
Minister and fiery leader of the historic civil rights struggle in Birmingham, Alabama
First African American woman to head the public school system of a major city
Activist, Writer, Librarian and Scholar
Multifaceted leader in the fields of law, communications, business and civil rights; former attorney for Malcolm X
Jazz musician and educator
Recipient of presidential medal of freedom, elder "dean" of black preachers
Former Head of Track for Women, Tennessee State University
Virtuoso, jazz trumpet player, and educator
|C. Delores Tucker
President and founder of The National Political Congress of Black Women
|Melvin Van Peebles
Minister and civil rights activist
Veterinarian, Buffalo Soldier
|Wyatt T. Walker
Religious leader, activist, author and chief strategist for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
|James "Bud" Ward
First African American Senior VP and Corporate Officer of a Major Hotel Chain; Pioneered Corporate Diversity Efforts
Born April 15, 1915 in Dawson, Georgia Public administrator, housing expert, first elected Mayor of Washington D.C.
Business leader, international economist, and academic and public administrator
|L. Douglas Wilder
1st Elected African American Governor in US. Currently Mayor of Richmond, VA
|Drs. Jayme Coleman and McDonald Williams*
Winner of the gold medal in the 800 meter event at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Journalist, photographer and columnist
Civil rights activist, led numerous struggles for integration and equality for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland
|* Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow|