These leaders of the black community come from all walks of life. Click on a name to link to a page with a video and transcript of the interview, as well as sources for background information about each individual. The names are arranged alphabetically.

Amiri Baraka, a prominent activist during the 1960s. as well as a successful playwright.

Julian Bond, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, professor of history and civil rights at the American University and the University of Virginia.

Julian Chambers, a civil rights activist and lawyer.

Johnetta Cole, president of Bennett College.

Floyd Flake, former Congressman andpresident of Wilberforce University.

Robert Franklin, professor of social ethics and past president of the Interdenominational Theological Center.

Mary Futrell, dean of The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Earl Graves, founder and publisher of Black Enterprise.

William Gray, former member of Congress and past president of the United Negro College Fund.

Oliver Hill, one of a small band of lawyers who brought down the American apartheid.

Benjamin Hooks, civil rights activist, pastor, and lawyer.

Elaine Jones, past president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Vernon Jordan, past president of the National Urban League and civil rights lawyer.

Henry Marsh, first African-American mayor of Richmond, VA and U.S. Senator.

Yvonne Scruggs-Lefwitch, executive director of the Black Leadership Forum and modern civil rights leader.

Lucius Theus, first African-American support officer and the third appointed general in the U.S. Air Force.

Roger Wilkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, former Assistant Attorney General, and professor of history and American culture at George Mason University.

Last updated: June 2005