Nathaniel Allison Murray was one the seven founders (commonly referred to as Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. He was a member of Alpha chapter’s first committee on organization of the new fraternal group, as well as the Committee on the Grip, and later became a charter member of Washington D.C.’s Mu Lambda Chapter.
Dorothy Burnett Porter (May 25, 1905 - December 17, 1995) was an African-American librarian, bibliographer and curator, who built the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University into a world-class research collection.
Claude Brown (February 23, 1937 - February 2, 2002) is the author of Manchild in the Promised Land, published to critical acclaim in 1965, which tells the story of his coming of age during the 1940s and 1950s in Harlem. He also published Children of Ham (1976).
William Jelani Cobb, born September 22, 1967, is an American author and educator, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
]Charles L. Becton is an attorney, former judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and as of 2008, president of the North Carolina Bar Association. Becton is the first A African-American to hold the post).
Esther Gordy Edwards (April 25, 1920 – August 24, 2011) was a staff member and associate of her younger brother Berry Gordy's fabled Motown label during the 1960s. Edwards created the Motown Museum, Hitsville U.S.A., by preserving the label's Detroit studio. She also served as President of the Motown Museum.
William R. "Billy" Martin is an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in the Washington, D.C. office (formerly of the Atlanta-based legal firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and of Howrey LLP). Martin joined the firm in 2011. His notable past clients have included NBA stars Allen Iverson and Jayson Williams, Monica Lewinsky's mother, and Chandra Levy's parents. He also represented former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell on racketeering, bribery and wire fraud charges; Campbell was convicted of three counts of tax fraud, but acquitted on racketeering and bribery charges. Mr. Martin also defended former NBA player Jayson Williams at trial during Spring 2004, after which Williams was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter.
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