NVLP's Oral History Archive
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Click on the name of a visionary below to go to his or her page.

* Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow

Ossie Davis
Playwright, director, producer, actor, and advocate for civil and social rights
Ruby Dee
Actress, activist, author, and icon
Gerald Deas*
Physician, poet, activist, motivational speaker, playwright, columnist, and author
Carmen de Lavallade
Dancer, actress, and choreographer
Ron Dellums
First African American elected to Congress from Northern California, founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and current mayor of Oakland, CA
Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell
African American Modeling-business Pioneer
David Dinkins
First African American mayor of New York City
David Driskell
Acclaimed art historian, curator and professor; one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of African American art.
David Du Bois
Professor, Journalist, step-son of W.E.B. Du Bois
Katherine Dunham
Creator of her own world famous dance company, and a pioneer in African-Caribbean artistic movement
Elizabeth Edmonds*
Educator, Entrepreneur, Activist
M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D.
First African American to be appointed Surgeon General of the United States
Vivian Ann Ellis*
Community Activist
Ethel Ennis
Jazz Musician and entrepreneur
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Civil Rights activist, First full-time Chairman of the NAACP, Widow of murdered Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers
Walter Fauntroy
Minister, Civil Rights activist, and U.S. congressman
James Forman
Civil Rights activist, Executive Secretary of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the key early years of the Civil Rights Movement
Henry Foster, Jr.*
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, former Dean of Meharry Medical College; 1995 Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General
Norman C. Francis*
University President, Xavier University
John Hope Franklin
Distinguished historian and prolific author, including the classic work, From Slavery to Freedom
Marie "Frankie" Muse Freeman
Civil rights attorney, first woman appointed to the Civil Rights Commission
Evelyn Granville
Mathematician; the second African-American woman in U.S. to receive Ph.D. in mathematics
Samuel Gravely
First African American admiral; first African American to command a U.S. Navy warship
Rev. Charles Green
Dick Gregory
Activist, author and comedian, known for his pointed commentary on racism in America
Robert Guillaume
Veteran of stage, screen and television; best known for his role as TV’s Benson
Marcus Gunter*
Jazz Musician and High School Band Director/Teacher
  * Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow