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

Betye Saar
Prominent, pioneering artist whose works, infused with a sense of mysticism and family, poignantly critique racism, sexism and oppression
Willieboyd Saddler*
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
Sonia Sanchez
Poet, Professor, Activist, key figure in the Black Arts Movement, winner of the American Book Award and the Robert Frost Medal
Fred Shuttlesworth
Minister and fiery leader of the historic civil rights struggle in Birmingham, Alabama
Barbara Sizemore
First African American woman to head the public school system of a major city
Norma Sklarek
Jessie Smith*
Activist, Writer, Librarian and Scholar
Percy Sutton
Multifaceted leader in the fields of law, communications, business and civil rights; former attorney for Malcolm X
Billy Taylor
Jazz musician and educator
Gardner Taylor
Recipient of presidential medal of freedom, elder "dean" of black preachers
Edward Temple*
Former Head of Track for Women, Tennessee State University
Clark Terry
Virtuoso, jazz trumpet player, and educator
C. Delores Tucker
President and founder of The National Political Congress of Black Women
Melvin Van Peebles
C.T. Vivian
Minister and civil rights activist
William Waddell
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
Walter Washington
Born April 15, 1915 in Dawson, Georgia Public administrator, housing expert, first elected Mayor of Washington D.C.
Clifton Wharton
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*
Professors (Retired)
John Woodruff
Winner of the gold medal in the 800 meter event at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Samuel Yette
Journalist, photographer and columnist
Andrew Young
Harvey Zeigler*
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