Roots of Greatness: Charles Bennett Ray

Roots of Greatness: Charles Bennett Ray

Charles Bennett Ray (1807-1886) was a journalist, clergyman, and abolitionist who served as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Black Past provides a helpful overview of his life. Portrait by Woodson, Carter Godwin (1875-1950) – The Negro in Our History,...
Roots of Greatness: Charles Bennett Ray

Roots of Greatness: Mary Twilight

Mary Twilight (#2 in the roots of Roots of Greatness) might refer to  Alexander Twilight’s (1795-1857) mother. Alexander Twilight was the first African-American college graduate in the U.S., graduating from Middlebury College in 1823. He also was the first...
Roots of Greatness: Charles Bennett Ray

Roots of Greatness: Andrew White

Andrew White (September 6, 1942 – ) is a saxophonist, composer, and publisher (under Andrew’s Musical Enterprises, Inc.). He also plays the oboe, bass, and piano. White is “considered the world’s leading authority on the music of John Coltrane and in the...
Roots of Greatness: Charles Bennett Ray

Roots of Greatness by Letitia Lee

I haven’t met Elon alumna Letitia Lee, but I am a huge fan of her work. Over the last few years, I’ve purchased twelve of her prints and one poster at Night of the Phoenix auctions. The poster reproduces Roots of Greatness, a painting on display in the...
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