Frank M. Snowden, Jr.
2007: Frank M. Snowden Jr., a Howard University classicist whose research into blacks in ancient Greece and Rome opened a new field of study. Much of Snowden’s scholarship centered on one point: that blacks in the ancient world seemed to have been spared the virulent racism common to later Western civilization. He died of congestive heart failure on this day in Washington, DC. He was 95 years old. (Photo: AP)