The legendary Harlemite Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001), was an African-American fashion designer and costumer based in Harlem who designed the original Playboy Bunny costume. Continue Reading →
Harold Arnoldus Stevens (October 19, 1907 – November 9, 1990) was an African-American lawyer and former judge who served on the New York Court of General Sessions and New York Court of Appeals. Continue Reading →
Gymnastics legend and advocate Wendy Hilliard, founder, and CEO of Harlem-based Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation (WHGF), trained at Detroit Recreation Department and went on to become the first African-American to represent the U.S. in international competition.
Matthew Alexander Henson, August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955, was an American explorer who accompanied Rear Admiral Robert Peary on seven voyages to the Arctic over a period of nearly 23 years. Continue Reading →
Althea Gibson, August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003, was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete of either gender to cross the color line of international tennis. Continue Reading →