Reuben Greenberg was the chief of police in Charleston, South Carolina. His innovative methods of law enforcement have been nationally recognized and applauded.
Fred Gregory is a colonel in the United States Air Force and has flown three NASA space shuttle missions. He is currently stationed in Washington working for NASA.
Mr. Haley was an internationally known author who was best known for his epic "Roots," and for co-authoring "The Autobiography of Malcom X." He died in 1992.
Spike Lee is an internationally award-winning director and actor. His movies include "She’s Gotta Have It," "School Daze," "Do the Right Thing," "Mo Better Blues," and the recently released, "The Autobiography of Malcom X."
Taj Mahal is an internationally known musician, recognized mainly for his blues style. He has released over 15 albums and scored the music for many films. He is currently on tour promoting his latest album, “Like Never Before.”
A descendent of Lakota and Chippewa heritage, Patricia Locke is recognized for her dedication to Native American education through her preservation of indigenous languages, establishment of tribal colleges, and over four decades of teaching all students, from elementary to university levels. In 1991 Patricia received the MacAuthur “Genius Grant.”
Norma Sklarek was the first black woman architect in the United States. Her projects include the San Bernardino, California, City Hall, the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, and Terminal One at the Los Angeles International Airport. She recently retired from the Jerde Partnership Architecture Firm in Venice, California.
Dr. Faite Mack is a professor of graduate special education at Grand Valley State University. He is known as an author, Fulbright professor, consultant, psychologist, and a leading expert in the assessment of young children. Dr. Mack has previously taught, or conducted sponsored research, at the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.
Wilma P. Mankiller was the first woman to become Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Under her direction, national membership reached 170,000 members, which was more than double the amount from previous years. Wilma is known for her activism for Native American and women’s rights.
Dr. Juan Olivarez was one of Grand Rapids Public School’s first bilingual teachers. Dr. Olivarez first came to Grand Rapids to attend Aquinas College where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in educational psychology from Wayne State University and a doctorate degree in family and child ecology from Michigan State University. Dr. Juan Olivarez is now the seventh president of Aquinas College.
Dr. Tomatis was born and educated in Rosario, Argentina. In 1965 Dr. Tomatis relocated to Grand Rapids, MI, where he worked at Butterworth Hospital for over 30 years and served as the Chief of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Department. He is currently retired and is the director of medical affairs to the Richard M. DeVos family.
Dr. Poussaint is an expert in race relations and author of several books on that subject. He served as a consultant on the Bill Cosby Show and is currently a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Poussaint says his success is due to “luck and some hard work.”