For the month of May I found it suitable to shed a little light on our young trend setters.

Harvard Senior, a state of Georgia native named Obasi Shaw, decided to create a rap album for his Senior Thesis, instead of writing the traditional paper as expected. The album, Liminal Minds, earned him an “A-” grade, which will allow him to graduate with honors at the end of the semester.


May 13, 1872 – Nov 17, 1935

Matilda A Evans- First African American Woman Licensed to Practice Medicine in South Carolina.

May 2, 1879 – May 20, 1961

Nannie Helen Burroughs- Founder of the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C./ Educator/ Orator/ Religious Leader/ Civil Rights Activist

May 11, 1895 – Dec 3, 1978

William G Still- First African American Composer well known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers”


Dec 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919

Sarah “Madam C.J. Walker” Breedlove- Entrepreneur/ Civil Rights Activist/ Philanthropist

May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981

Mary L Williams- Jazz Pianist/ Composer/ Vocalist

Dec 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990

Samuel “Sammy” Davis, Jr.- Actor/ Comedian/ Singer/ Dancer


May 7, 1878

Joseph Winters received a patent for the very first Fire Escape Ladder in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

May 13, 1888

Brazil became the final nation in the Western Hemisphere to formally abolish slavery using the “Golden Law” passed by the Imperial Family.

May 19, 1991

Willy T. Ribbs was First African American driver to qualify for Indy 500.

May 1993

After a unanimous vote for independence among the Eritrean people in April 1993, after the War, Mengistu resigned as head of the Ethiopian government and the United Nations admitted Eritrea, Africa to its membership.

May 10, 1994

Nelson R Mandela was sworn in as the First Black President in South Africa.