Although historical accounts clash, Sarah Rector is believed to be America’s second black millionaire after Madam C.J. Walker, achieving that distinction as a teenager. Born on March 3, 1902 in the small town of Twine, Okla., Rector’s family were descendants of slaves and Creek Indians. While living on Creek Indian land, Rector’s parents Joseph and […]

Eddie Anderson became one of the highest-paid entertainers of his era and while he often played stereotypical roles, Anderson managed to bring a dignified air to his characters. The Oakland, Calif. native was born September 18, 1905. Edmund Lincoln Anderson was born into a family of entertainers. His mother was a tightrope walker whose career […]

Ed Wilson was a sculptor who discovered art as a child and pushed forward in his career of choice realizing that all paths to earn a living would be marred by racism. The Baltimore native was born on March 28, 1925, and his work was featured in the landmark 1976 traveling exhibition, “Two Centuries of […]