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Dr. John Thomas Biggers is a renowned artist acclaimed for his complex, symbolic murals based on African American and African cultural themes. He was a student at Hampton Institute, 1941-1946, where he was greatly influenced by his professor, Viktor Lowenfeld.

John Biggers died on January 25, 2001 at age 76. For an overview of his life and works visit The Web of Life: The Art of John Biggers, an ArtsEdNet online exhibition and discussion.
John Thomas Biggers


Dr. Donald Cunnigen is an assistant professor of Sociology/Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Afro-American Studies from Tougaloo College, 1970-1974. Donald Cunnigen


Eugene Eaves is provost at North Carolina Central University. He was a student there from 1954-1958. Eugene Eaves


Calvin Hernton is professor of African-American Studies, Emeritus at Oberlin College and a nationally acclaimed poet and essayist. He was a student at Talladega College from 1950-1954. Calvin Hernton


Dr. William Jackson is chairman of the Department of German at the University of Virginia. He was a student at North Carolina Central University from 1954-1958. William Jackson


Dr. Joyce Ladner, a sociologist and senior fellow in the Government Studies program at the Brookings Institution, made history when she served as the first woman president of Howard University (1994-95). She was a student at Tougaloo College, 1961-1964. Jim McWilliams


Jim McWilliams is now an attorney. He studied at Talladega College from 1950-1954. Jim McWilliams


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