NVLP's Oral History Archive
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* Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow

Barbara Harris
First woman elected bishop of the U.S. Episcopal church
Raymond V. Haysbert*
Businessman, Tuskegee Airman
Jimmy Heath
One of the nation’s great jazz musicians, a tenor saxophonist, writer, arranger, and teacher
Dorothy Height
Legendary civil rights activist and President Emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women
Oliver Hill
Trial Lawyer, landmark lawyer who overturned the separate but equal doctrine
Geoffrey Holder
Award winning Broadway director, choreographer, dancer, painter, and writer
Charlotte Wesley Holloman*
Opera Singer, Broadway Performer, Educator
Benjamin Hooks
Minister and Civil Rights Activist

Cissy Houston  
Grammy award-winning vocalist who mentored Dionne Warwick and her own daughter Whitney Houston

Ola G. Hudson*  

K. Leroy Irvis
The first African-American speaker of any State House of Representatives in the Nation
Ella Jenkins
Grammy award-winning children’s folk artist
John H. Johnson
Founder of ”Ebony” and “Jet” magazines, and builder of a publishing and financial empire
Katherine Johnson
NASA mathematician and physicist whose work successfully guided astronauts throughout the historic earlyera of manned space flight including the first mission to the moon.
Mamie "Peanut" Johnson
Negro League era player with the Indianapolis Clowns, first woman pitcher in men's professional baseball
Hazel Johnson-Brown
First African American woman general in the United States Army, retired professor.
Quincy Jones
Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Record and Film Producer, Industry Executive and Multi-media Entrepreneur
Leontine Kelly
Religious Leader, first female United Methodist Church Bishop
Dolores Kendrick*
Washington DC Poet Laureate, Educator
Charles E. Kimbrough*
Civil Rights Activist, Retired Veterinarian and Minister
B.B. King
Internationally renowned King of the Blues, one of the last of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen
Coretta Scott King
Civil rights activist, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., and head of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Eartha Kitt
Award-winning film, theater, cabaret, music and television star; popularly known for portraying “Catwoman” in the television series “Batman;” spoke out against the Vietnam War to Lady Bird Johnson at the White House
Samuel "Billy" Kyles
Minister, Civil Rights Leader, eyewitness to Martin Luther King’s assassination
William Layton
Civil War historian, storyteller and retired government executive.
Dr. LaSalle Leffall
Surgeon, oncologist, medical educator, and leader in professional and civic organizations.
Elma Lewis
Educator, choreographer, Founder and Artistic Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc. (NCAAA), and Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, Inc.
J. Bruce Llewellyn
Business Leader, an American business pioneer and corporate tycoon
Earl Lloyd
First African American to play in a NBA game
Thomas Logan*
Reverned Canon, Civil Rights Activist
Joseph Lowery
Civil Rights Activist and retired United Methodist minister, former President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  * Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow