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  • FCB Worldwide, Inc.

    Founded in 1873, the world’s third oldest advertising agency. From 1898-1942 the Father of Modern Advertising, Albert Lasker served as the company’s chair. Today the company has offices around the globe, and boasts such clients as AT&T, Merck Pharmaceuticals and Tropicana.
  • Federal Communications Commission

    Formed by the Communications Act of 1934 as an independent governmental agency that reports to Congress, the FCC regulates interstate radio, television, wire, satellite and cable communications. Regulatory areas range from content and antitrust regulations to net neutrality and wiretapping. The FCC is comprised of five commissioners appointed by the president and confirmed by Congress.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

    One of twelve Federal Reserve Banks nationwide that together serve as the nation’s central banks under the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago assists in setting monetary policy, and provides services to banks and governmental agencies throughout the area.
  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

    Affectionately named The Ship by its parishioners, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church was founded by Reverend Clay Evans in 1950. Located on Chicago's South Side, the church's weekly sermons are broadcast via television and radio in ten states reaching millions of people. Its renowned 250-voice choir has produced eight gospel albums with Reverend Evans before his retirement in 2000.
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

    The particle accelerator laboratory was commissioned on November 21, 1967 by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, under a bill signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. On May 11, 1974, the laboratory was renamed in honor of 1938 Nobel Prize winner and University of Chicago physics professor Enrico Fermi. The institution's goals involve leading neutrino science with particle accelerators, aiding in the development of particle accelerators and use of advance particle physics for measurements of the cosmos.
  • Fisk University

    Nashville's oldest university, having been founded in 1866 as a liberal arts school committed to educating newly freed slaves. Fisk is home to the famous Jubilee Singers, who traveled around the country in 1871 to save the school from financial despair and continue to amaze audiences today. Fisk alumni have gone on to become world renowned artists, civic and business leaders, and many other walks of life.
  • Fitzgerald, Ella

    The First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1918, and performed for the first time at the age of fifteen at the Apollo Theater. Fitzgerald, who had rudimentary musical education, quickly built a reputation among musicians and singers for her clarity of tone, her rhythmic perfection and a range that ran from somber lows to tinkling highs. By 1955 Fitzgerald was working with Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. During her career, she was awarded ten Grammy Awards. After complications with diabetes and heart surgery, Fitzgerald died in 1996.
  • Ford, Gerald

    The thirty-eighth president of the United States. Ford was the first president to succeed a president who had resigned, following Nixon and the Watergate scandal. He was the shortest serving president from 1974 to 1977, and defeated Ronald Reagan for the 1976 Republican nomination for president, losing to President Jimmy Carter.
  • Foxx, Redd

    Born John Elroy Sanford, Foxx was a comedian who gained fame in the TV show Sanford and Son after many years of odd jobs and the night club circuit. Foxx became famous in Las Vegas in 1968, and was featured in the 1970 film Cotton Comes to Harlem. The role brought him to the attention of producers Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear who decided to cast Foxx in Sanford and Son. Other of his shows included The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour and the Redd Foxx Show. Later, he co-edited The Redd Foxx Encyclopedia of Black Humor. Redd Foxx passed away in 1991.
  • France

    Originally a monarchy, France followed the American example of revolution. The French Revolution ultimately led to the execution of thousands of members of the ruling class. Later, Napoleon Bonaparte would proclaim himself emperor and thrust Europe in war. Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of the euro in January 2002.
  • Fulbright Scholarship

    Founded in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright as a United States Cultural Exchange Program. The program operates in over 160 countries and awards 8,000 grants annually and is divided into five grant categories: student, scholar, teacher, professionals and the Fulbright-Hays Program for primary and secondary educators for professional training focused on area studies and non-western foreign languages.
  • Funk

    An American musical genre inspired largely by African rhythms, funk first achieved popularity during the early 1970s. In that era, artists such as James Brown, the Ohio Players, and Parliament provided many listeners with their first exposure to funk’s percussive beats and politically-conscious lyrics. Funk has also had a powerful influence on many of the traditional forms of African American music. For example, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock experimented with the synthesis of jazz and funk in their later compositions.