NVLP's Oral History Archive
Video Interviews M-R

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

* Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow

John E. Mann
Decorated Army veteran and member of the 555 th Parachute Infantry Battalion, or "Triple Nickles," the nation's first all-black parachute infantry test platoon, company and battalion
Edward Martin
Educator, former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Prairie View A&M
H. Carl McCall
Minister, former comptroller of New York State, and 2002 Democratic candidate for New York governor
Dorothy Layne McIntyre
First African American woman (and maybe the first woman) to earn a civilian pilot's license under the Civil Aeronautics Authority
Leatrice McKissack
President of McKissack & McKissack, the oldest African American architectural firm in the US
Sara McKissick*
Gospel Singer
Adele McQueen
Educator and advocate for persons with mental disabilities
James Meredith
First black to enroll in the all-white University of Mississippi on October 1, 1962; also conceived and led the 1966 "Meredith Mississippi March Against Fear"
Norma Miller
Dancer, actress, choreographer, comedienne and foremost
proponent of the “Lindy Hop;” known as the “Queen of Swing”
Arthur Mitchell
Legendary dancer / choreographer; founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem  
Rev. Ella Mitchell
Parren Mitchell
First Black Congressman from Maryland who championed minority competition for federal & private sector contracts; founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus
James Moody
Jazz Saxophonist, famous for “Moody’s Mood For Love”; pal of Dizzy Gillespie
Toni Morrison
Nobel Prize Winning Author
Constance Baker Motley
First African-American woman appointed to the federal judiciary; Central figure in historic civil rights legal milestones
Robert Moses
Founder of the Algebra Project and civil rights leader; helped to form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and organize the “Freedom Summer” Mississippi black voter education and registration drives
Fayard Nicholas
Pioneering tap dancer, famed member of the Nicholas Brothers dance team
Gil Noble
Journalist,  TV Personality
Folk Singer, Queen of common folk and heart of the blues
John ”Buck” O’Neil
Negro League ballplayer; 1st African American Coach in major League baseball
Gordon Parks
World famous photographer, author, filmmaker, and composer
Frank Petersen
The first African American fighter pilot and three-star general in the Marine Corps
Alvin F. Poussaint
Renowned educator, psychiatrist, activist, author and media consultant
Ernesta G. Procope
Founder, CEO and president of E.G. Bowman Co. Inc., a commercial insurance brokerage firm in New York City
Bernard Proctor*
Tuskegee Airman
Charles Rangel
17 term Democratic Representative from Harlem, the Upper West
Della Reese
Self-proclaimed ”working singer” who began with Mahailia Jackson, and rose through nightclubs and Vegas to fame in TV and film.
Lloyd Richards
Dean of African American stage directors
Faith Ringgold
Artist and children’s book author/illustrator
Amelia Boynton Robinson
Civil rights pioneer, former vice chairman of the Schiller Institute
Rachel Robinson
Founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; wife of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier
Dovey Roundtree
Army veteran, civil rights pioneer, attorney and minister
William "Bill" Russell
First African American head coach in any major sport; led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA world titles in 13 years
  * Local Visionary Selected and Interviewed by NVLP Fellow