Anderson, Lauren is an international dancer with the Houston Ballet. She trained with the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy from the time she was seven years old, and joined the Houston Ballet in 1983, becoming in 1990 the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer.
Walker, Alice (b. February 9, 1944) is an author and feminist who received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 for her novel The Color Purple. She was active in voter registration drives, campaigns for welfare rights, and children’s programs in Mississippi. In 1973, Walker and Charlotte D. Hunt discovered Hurston’s unmarked grave in Ft. Pierce, Florida. They paid for a modest headstone.
Withers, Ernest (August 7, 1922 – October 15, 2007) was a freelance photographer famous for his black and white images of the segregated South in the 1950s and 60s, Negro league baseball, and the Memphis blues scene. He traveled with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and covered the Emmitt Till murder trial.
Wright, Richard (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an author most known for “Native Son” and “Black Boy”. He was a member of the Communist Party and in 1942 In 1942 formally broke with the party. Due to McCarthyism, Wright was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s. In 1946 he moved to Paris and became a permanent American expatriate.