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Mark Tatum

Sports executive Mark Tatum was born on October 22, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York to Kim and Charlie Tatum. Tatum grew up in New York’s East Flatbush neighborhood. In 1987, Tatum graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, where he led the baseball team to the New York City public school championship at Yankee Stadium in 1984. In 1991, he received his B.S. degree in business management and marketing from Cornell University. Tatum went on to receive his M.B.A. degree in 1998 from Harvard Business School.

In 1991, Tatum was hired by Procter & Gamble as a corporate account executive and was later promoted to corporate account executive. In 1995, he joined the Clorox Company, where he served as a regional sales manager and oversaw the company's $100 million northeast sales territory. After graduating from Harvard Business School Tatum joined Major League Baseball’s department of corporate sponsorships in 1998. A year later, Tatum was hired by the National Basketball Association (NBA) as senior vice president of marketing partnerships. In 2009, Tatum served as executive vice president of global marketing partnerships at the National Basketball Association, where he managed corporate sponsorships for companies such as American Express, Anheuser-Bush Inc., and Kia Motors. In 2014, he was appointed deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the National Basketball Association and became the highest-ranking executive of color in a professional sports league. As deputy commissioner, Tatum is responsible for the NBA’s technology advancements, launched the Basketball Africa League, and developed programs in China and India.

Tatum is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and sits on the boards of USA Basketball, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, LA 2028 Summer Olympics, and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. He is chair of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and member of the board of directors for The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Tatum received the Forty Under 40 Award from Sports Business Journal, making him a member of the publication’s Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame. In 2014 and 2015, Tatum was named to the list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business by Sports Business Journal. In 2016, Tatum was named to Forbes’ list of the Top 25 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.

Tatum and his wife, Lisa Skeete Tatum, have two sons: Tai and Kylan.

Mark Tatum was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 16, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.072

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/16/2019

Last Name

Tatum

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

A.

Occupation
Schools

PS 181

IS 227

Brooklyn Technical High School

Cornell University

Harvard Business School

First Name

Mark

Birth City, State, Country

Vung Tau

HM ID

TAT07

Favorite Season

Summer

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Find your passion and pursue your dreams.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

10/22/1969

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

Vietnam

Favorite Food

Oxtail with Rice and Peas

Employment

National Basketball Association

Major League Baseball

Clorox Company

Proctor & Gamble

Favorite Color

Red

Norm Nixon

Basketball player and talent agent Norm Nixon was born on October 11, 1955 in Macon, Georgia to Mary Jo and Elmer Nixon. Nixon graduated from Southwest High School in 1973, where he and the basketball team won their first state championship the same year. He then attended and played basketball for Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1977.

Nixon was the twenty-second overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft, selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. His rookie season he was ranked fourth in the league in assists and was named to the All-NBA Rookie Team. In Nixon’s second season, he led the league in steals and ranked third in assists. In his third season with the Lakers, Nixon led the league in minutes played and ranked third again in assists, and the team won the 1980 Finals in six games against the Philadelphia 76ers. For the 1980-1981 season, Nixon ranked second in the league in assists. The following season, he played in the All-Star Game and the Lakers won the Finals against the 76ers in six games again. In the 1982-1983 season, the Lakers returned to the Finals where they faced the 76ers, but lost in four games. Nixon was then traded to the San Diego Clippers. In his first season here, he set a franchise record of an average of 17.2 points per game and 11.1 assists per game, making him lead the league in assists. During the 1984-1985 season, the Clippers moved to Los Angeles and Nixon played in the All-Star Game. After the 1985-1986 season, Nixon injured his left knee, which benched him for the 1986-1987 season. Nixon returned to the NBA for his final season in 1988, before retiring and briefly playing in Italy. He ended his career with 12,065 points (15.7 per game) and 6,386 assists (8.3 per game) in 768 games played. His assist average has him in the NBA’s top fifteen, and he shares the league’s record for most minutes played in a game, which was sixty-four. Nixon subsequently invested in properties, and became a sports agent with Premier Management Group Inc. He later co-founded his own agencies, Nixon-Katz Associates and Norm Nixon & Associates, where he also managed musical talent like LL Cool J and TLC. Nixon was a radio commentator for the Clippers briefly, and did analyst work for KABC-TV's NBA post-game shows. In 2010, he was hired as a color analyst for Lakers’ home games on Fox Sports West.

In 1979, Nixon was featured in the sports film, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, where he met actress Debbie Allen, whom he later married in 1984. He also attended real estate school.

Nixon resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife. He has a son, DeVaughn Nixon, and two children with Debbie, Vivian and Norman Nixon, Jr.

Norman Nixon was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 15, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.110

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/15/2019

Last Name

Nixon

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Ellard

Schools

Southwest Magnet High School

Duquesne University

First Name

Norman

Birth City, State, Country

Macon

HM ID

NIX01

Favorite Season

Thanksgiving

State

Georgia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Favorite Quote

God Bless The Child That Has His Own and If You Go Through Life And Have One Great Friend, You've Lived A Blessed Life

Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

10/11/1955

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Favorite Food

Cornbread and Cabbage, Salmon Cakes, and Biscuits with Syrup

Short Description

Basketball player and talent agent Norm Nixon (1955 - ) played six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won the 1980 and 1982 Finals, and six seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he led the league in assists, before becoming an agent and later an analyst with Fox Sports West.

Employment

Los Angeles Lakers (Basketball team)

San Diego Clippers (Basketball Team)

Los Angeles Clippers (Basketball Team)

Premier Management Group, Inc.

Nixon-Katz Associates

Norm Nixon & Associates

KABC-TV

Fox Sports West

Favorite Color

Earth Tones

Chester Walker

Basketball player Chester “Chet” Walker was born on February 22, 1940 in Bethlehem, Mississippi to John and Regenia Walker. He attended Benton High School in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he played basketball and graduated from in 1958. Walker then attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where his basketball team won the 1960 NIT Championship and he was named a two time All-American before graduating in 1962.

Walker was selected by the Syracuse Nationals in the 1962 NBA Draft as the twelfth overall pick; and in his first season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In 1963, the Nationals moved to Philadelphia and became the 76ers. Walker played in the 1964, 1966, and 1967 All-Star Games before winning his only NBA Finals Championship in six games in 1967 against the San Francisco Warriors. After two more seasons with the 76ers, Walker was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1969. He played six seasons with the Bulls, playing in four more All-Star games in 1970, 1971, 1973, and 1974. He led the NBA with a free throw accuracy rate of 85.9 percent in the 1970–71 season, and ranked among the top ten free throw shooters five other times. Walker retired from professional basketball in 1975 after the Bulls refused to raise his salary or release or trade him. During his career, he scored 18,831 points and only twice did his scoring average drop below fifteen. He joined the short list of players appearing in more than 1,000 games, never missing the playoffs or more than six games in any season. After retiring from the NBA, Walker began producing films through his firm, Chet Walker Productions. His works include a 1980 NBC miniseries called “Freedom Road,” starring Kris Kristofferson and Muhammad Ali; a movie titled The Fiendish Plot of Fu Manchu, starring the late comedian Peter Sellers in 1983; and a 1989 made-for-TV movie called A Mother’s Courage: The Mary Thomas Story, which detailed the life of the NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas’ mother and their struggles on the West Side of Chicago, and later won an Emmy. Walker also wrote a memoir called Long Time Coming: A Black Athlete's Coming-Of-Age in America, which was published in 1995.

In 1996, Walker was named amongst the NBA’s list of the fifty greatest players in history in honor of the league’s fiftieth anniversary. He was later inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2012.

Walker resides in Los Angeles, California.

Chester “Chet” Walker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 14, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.109

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/14/2019

Last Name

Walker

Maker Category
Marital Status

Single

Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Bard Junior High School

Benton Harbor High School

Bradley University

First Name

Chester

Birth City, State, Country

Bethlehem

HM ID

WAL28

Favorite Season

Autumn

State

Mississippi

Favorite Vacation Destination

Rome, Italy

Favorite Quote

None

Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

2/22/1940

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Favorite Food

Fish, Pinto Beans, and Corn Bread

Short Description

Basketball player Chester “Chet” Walker (1940 - ) played seven seasons with the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers where he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, was a three time All-Star, and the 1967 NBA Finals Champion. Walker then played six seasons with the Chicago Bulls where he was a four time All-Star, before retiring to produce films, later winning and Emmy.

Employment

Syracuse Nationals

Philadelphia 76ers

Chicago Bulls

Chet Walker Productions

Favorite Color

Blue

Anita DeFrantz

Nonprofit executive and Olympic athlete Anita DeFrantz was born on October 4, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Robert David and Anita Page DeFrantz. In 1970, she graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. DeFrantz received her B.A. degree in political philosophy in 1974 from Connecticut College, and her J.D. degree in 1977 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.

DeFrantz captained the U.S. women’s rowing team and rowed in the eight boat that won a bronze medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. In 1977, she started her career as a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. In 1980, she led the athletes’ fight for the right to compete at the Moscow Olympic Games, including suing the United States Olympic Committee. The International Olympic Committee honored her with the bronze medal of the Olympic Order. DeFrantz served as vice president of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and was elected to International Olympic Committee membership in 1986, the first African American and the first American woman to serve on the committee. In 1987, DeFrantz was named president of the LA84 Foundation. From 1989 to 1994, she served on the IOC’s Program Commission and is credited with the acceptance of women’s soccer and softball onto the Olympic program. DeFrantz also helped increase the number of women’s competition opportunities on the Olympic program. She was elected to the IOC Executive Board in 1992 and appointed to the IOC’s Olympic Program Commission. In 1995, she was appointed chair of the Women and Sport Working Group; and, in 1997, DeFrantz was the first woman elected to a four-year term as vice president. DeFrantz established the Tubman Truth Corporation in 2016 and served as president. She also served on LA 2028, the Los Angeles organizing committee for the 2028 summer Olympic Games, and was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) where she was elected for a second term as a vice president in 2018.

From 1991 to 1999, The Sporting News named DeFrantz one of the 100 most powerful people in sports. In 2003, Sports Illustrated named her one of the 101 most influential minorities in sports; and, in 2006, the NCAA named her one of NCAA’s Most 100 Influential Student Athletes. The French magazine L’Equipe named DeFrantz one of the 10 Women Who Changed Sport in 2010; and, the following year, Newsweek named her one of 150 Women Who Shake the World, and Los Angeles magazine named her one of 10 Women Making a Difference in Los Angeles. In 2016, she received the Olympic Truce Award at the Rio Olympic Games. DeFrantz has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Pepperdine University, Mount Holyoke College and Pomona College. She received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research (CSSOR) at California State University, Fullerton.

Anita DeFrantz was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 12, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.225

Sex

Female

Interview Date

12/12/2018

Last Name

Defrantz

Maker Category
Middle Name

L.

Organizations
First Name

Anita

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia

HM ID

DEF01

Favorite Season

Seasonal Changes

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Puako, Hawaii

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

10/4/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Los Angeles

Favorite Food

Chocolate

Short Description

Nonprofit executive and Olympics athlete Anita DeFrantz (1952- ) was captain of the American rowing team at the 1976 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. She also serves as presidency of the LA84 Foundation and senior adviser for Legacy at the Los Angeles organizing committee for the 2028 summer Olympic Games.

Favorite Color

Purple

Benjamin F. Davis, Jr.

Football player and entrepreneur Ben Davis was born on October 30, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama to B. Frank and Sallye B. Davis. His sister is activist, author, and professor Angela Davis. He graduated at age fifteen from Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey in 1961, and attended Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine from 1961 to 1963. He received his B.A. degree in business education from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio and was a running back and wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets football team. He led the team to an undefeated season (9-0) during his senior year and received honors as a Little All-American.

Davis was the 439th overall draft pick in the 1967 NFL Draft, selected by the Cleveland Browns as a defensive back in the seventeenth round. In his rookie season with the Browns, Davis led the league in punt returns, averaging 12.7 yards per return, including one fifty-two yard return for a touchdown. Davis also led the Browns in kickoff returns, with twenty-seven returns totaling 708 yards, including one sixty-three yard return in 1967. In 1968, he started as a cornerback, and led the team with eight interceptions. In 1968, he also led the NFL in interception return yards with 162, the third best in Browns’ history and he holds the record for seven consecutive games with an interception. That same year, he was named All Pro Defense Back by Sporting News. A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) benched Davis for one and a half seasons from 1969 to 1970, but he started for the Browns for three more seasons from 1971 to 1973. He was traded to the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round draft pick in 1974, and played three more seasons for the Lions before retiring in 1977.

After retiring from a ten year NFL career, Davis joined the Xerox Corporation as a sales representative. In 1982, Davis co-founded and served as president of Telecable Broadcasting of America (TBA), a cable TV provider in the greater Cleveland area. TBA was one of the first African American owned and operated cable TV companies in the U.S. Davis started another cable TV company in Jefferson Township, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, in 1986, which he later sold to the Centel Corporation. In 1989, Davis started a radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma (94.1 FM) that he ran for five years, eventually selling the station to Shamrock Communications. In 1990, Davis created Britt Business Systems in Cleveland, Ohio which sold and serviced Xerox office equipment in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. Davis operated Britt for seventeen years until his retirement in 2007.
 
Davis and his wife Sylvia have two adult children, Cecilie and Benjamin, III, and three grandchildren.

Ben Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.191

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/25/2018

Last Name

Davis

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Ben

Birth City, State, Country

Birmingham

HM ID

DAV43

Favorite Season

Spring, Early Summer

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

10/30/1945

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Salmon over Lettuce

Short Description

Football player and entrepreneur Ben Davis (1945- ) played for the Cleveland Browns from 1967 to 1973 and the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 1976, before owning and operating Britt Business Systems, a retailer for the Xerox Corporation.

Favorite Color

Blue and Brown

Derrick Brooks

Football player Derrick Brooks was born on April 18, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida to Geraldine Brooks and John Brooks. Raised by his mother and stepfather, Arthur Mitchel, Brooks graduated from Pensacola’s Booker T. Washington High School in 1990, and enrolled at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee. At FSU, he was a member of the 1993 Seminoles National Championship team. He was also a four-year letterman, a consensus first-team All-American his junior and senior years, a three-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection from 1992 to 1994, and named two-time Consensus first-team All-American in 1993 and 1994, and Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. Brooks received his B.S. degree in business communications from FSU in 1995, and his M.S. degree in business communications from Florida State University in 1999.

Brooks was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. During his fourteen year career with the Buccaneers, Brooks was an eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All Pro. He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year after the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl victory in 2002.  He recorded 2,198 tackles, the most in franchise history, along with eight defensive touchdowns, second highest in Buccaneers history. In 2009, Brooks was released from the Buccaneers, and was declared a free agent for the 2009 season. During that time, Brooks joined ESPN2’s First Take as an NFL analyst and signed with Sirius NFL Radio in 2009. In 2010, Brooks announced his retirement from the NFL and was elected to the 2000s All Decade Defensive Team. In 2011, he became the co-owner and president of the Tampa Bay Storm team of the Arena Football League. Brooks was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2018, Brooks became a minority investor in the minor league baseball team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

He founded Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc. in Pensacola in 1997, which worked to develop educational youth programs and opportunities in the Tampa Bay community. In partnership with Pro Football Hall of Famer Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Brooks co-founded the Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa in 2005. Brooks received an honorary doctorate degree in human letters from St. Leo University, in St. Leo, Florida in 2006.

Brooks and his wife, Carol Brooks, have four children: Briana, Derrick Jr., Darius and Dania.

Derrick Brooks was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 12, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.181

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/12/2018

Last Name

Brooks

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Derrick

Birth City, State, Country

Pensacola

HM ID

BRO68

Favorite Season

Christmastime

State

Florida

Favorite Vacation Destination

Las Vegas, Nevada

Favorite Quote

Put God First In All You Do And Treat Others The Way You Want Them To Treat You.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Florida

Birth Date

4/18/1973

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Tampa

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Pork Chops

Short Description

Derrick Brooks (1973 - )

Favorite Color

Blue

Mel Blount

Football player Mel Blount was born on April 10, 1948 in Vidalia, Georgia to Alice Sharpe Blount and James Blount. A natural athlete, Blount excelled in football, baseball and track at Lyons High School. He graduated in 1966, and received an athletic scholarship to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his college years, Blount was named a Pro Scouts All-American as both a safety and cornerback. In the spring of 1970, Blount was drafted in the third round by the Pittsburg Steelers just months prior to earning his B.S. degree in physical education.

By his third year in the NFL, Blount was a starting cornerback for the Steelers. Known for utilizing the bump and run technique, Blount’s dominance as a player inspired the NFL to impose a rule that prohibited contact between defensive backs and receivers until the five yard line. The rule, which was later known as the Mel Blount Rule, was meant to slow Blount on the field and make gameplay more competitive. However, Blount made three Pro Bowls and earned first-team All Pro in 1981. He had 57 career interceptions for 736 yards, more than any player in Steelers history, with thirteen fumble recoveries. After retiring in 1983, Blount became the director of player relations for the NFL, serving until 1990. He also established The Mel Blount Youth Home in 1983, opening the first home in his hometown of Vidalia. Blount wrote the book The Cross Burns Brightly about the adversity and racism he faced in opening the second youth home in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Blount is a four time Super Bowl champion, a four-time All-AFC selection, and was named All-Pro from 1975 to 1979 and in 1981. He was also named the NFL's most valuable defensive player in 1975 by the Associated Press. In 1989, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Blount has two daughters and five sons.

Blount was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 18, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.144

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/18/2018

Last Name

Blount

Maker Category
Middle Name

Carnell

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Melvin

Birth City, State, Country

Tombs County

HM ID

BLO06

Favorite Season

Christmas

Sponsor

Laura & George Bilicic

State

Georgia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Vidalia, Georgia

Favorite Quote

You Never Arrive.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Pennsylvania

Birth Date

4/10/1948

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Pittsburgh

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Grits

Short Description

Football player Mel Blount (1948 - )

Main Sponsor
Favorite Color

Blue

Doug Williams

Football player Doug Williams was born on August 9, 1955 in Zachary, Louisiana to Laura Williams and Robert Williams, Sr. He attended Chaneyville High School, where he began to show an interest in sports. Under the mentorship of his older brother, Robert Williams, Jr., Williams excelled in baseball. As a football player, Williams initially trained as a linebacker, but disliked the rough nature of the position until he was switched to playing quarterback. As a senior at Chaneyville High School, Williams threw for 1,180 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was recruited by Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana upon graduating in 1973, where he was mentored by legendary college football coach Eddie Robinson.

In 1978, Williams was drafted 17th overall in the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the first African American quarterback to be picked in the first round. During his five years with the Buccaneers, he led the team to the playoffs three times. Williams chose to the leave the Buccaneers in 1983 to join the United States Football League. After the league ended in 1985, he was recruited by the Washington Redskins in the following year as a backup quarterback to Jay Schroeder. In the subsequent 1987 season, Williams replaced an injured Schroeder as the starting quarterback, leading the team to Super Bowl XXII. The Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos 42-10, and Williams was named MVP with 340 yards passing, and 18 of 29 completed passes. That same year, he founded the Doug Williams Foundation, which awarded more than a $100,000 in college scholarships in 1988. In 1989, Williams retired from the NFL, and went on to coach at several schools at the high school and college level, including Zachary’s Northeast High School, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Morehouse College. In 1998, Williams succeeded his former coach as the head coach at Grambling State University. He also served as personnel executive with his former NFL teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. In 2017, Williams was named the senior vice president of player personnel with the Washington Redskins.

In recognition of his accomplishments as a quarterback, Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001, and into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor and the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame in 2015.

Williams and his wife, Raunda Ashner Williams, have eight children.

Doug Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 22, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.125

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/22/2018

Last Name

Williams

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Doug

Birth City, State, Country

Zachary

HM ID

WIL85

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Louisiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

Zachary, LA

Favorite Quote

Don't Look Back, They Might Be Gaining On You

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

8/9/1955

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Favorite Food

Red Beans, Rice and Cornbread

Short Description

Football player Doug Williams (1955 - ) was the first African American quarterback drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, and the first African American starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl as part of the 1988 Super Bowl XXII winning Washington Redskins.

Favorite Color

Black

John Randle

Football player John Randle was born on December 12, 1967 in Mumford, Texas. He received his B.S. degree in sociology in 1990 from Texas A&I University, in Kingsville, and played defensive lineman for the Javelinas football Division II championship winning team, receiving Little All-American honors.

The Minnesota Vikings invited Randle to training camp, and later signed him to a free agent contract in 1990. In 1991, Randle started in eight games with 8.5 sacks. In 1993, Randle was credited as one of the dominant defensive tackles of his era and went on to his first NFL Pro Bowl after recording 11.5 sacks. He ranked third in the NFL in sacks, with 9.5 through the Vikings' first 11 games in 1994. During this period, Randle recorded double-digit sacks including a career-high and league-leading 15.5 sacks in 1997. Named All Tackle Machine of 1999 by Tackle: The Magazine, he was chosen as starting tackle on the NFL Team of the Decade by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Selection Committee in 2000. Randle recorded 8 sacks and 31 tackles from 2000 to 2001. Having become a free agent, Randle was released by the Vikings and signed a $25 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. He achieved 11 sacks, and went on to the Pro Bowl in 2001. In 2003, Randle, after sustaining injuries the year before, led the Seahawks with 7 sacks in twelve games. That year, Randle acquired his final sack and then retired from professional football in 2004 tied with Richard Dent for the fifth in number of career sacks. His 137.5 career sacks remain the second highest total by a defensive tackle in NFL history, ranking below fellow Vikings legend Alan Page who had a total of 148.5 sacks. Over his career, he was named to seven Pro Bowl squads.

Randle was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and inducted into the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor in 2008. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and his number retired by his alma mater, Hearne High School team in 2010.

Randle has one daughter, Brittany, and he and his wife Candace, have twins, Ryann and Jonathan.

John Randle was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 18, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.123

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/18/2018

Last Name

Randle

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

John

Birth City, State, Country

Mumford

HM ID

RAN12

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

There are too many places to name.

Favorite Quote

I'm Outstanding

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Minnesota

Birth Date

12/12/1967

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Favorite Food

Eggs and Bacon

Short Description

Football player John Randle (1967- ) a defensive lineman signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 1990 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2001, he retired in 2004, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Favorite Color

N/A

William Alexander Lester, III

Race car driver Bill Lester, III was born on February 6, 1961 in Washington D.C. to William Alexander Lester, Jr., an electrical engineering professor and researcher at IBM Corporation, and Rochelle Lester, a social worker and elementary school teacher. Lester graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, California in 1979, and was awarded a Regents Scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1984.

Lester began his career as a project manager at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. In 1985, Lester attended Sports Cars Club of America driving school; and that same year, he was named SCCA’s Rookie of the Year for Northern California, winning the SCCA Regional Road Racing Championship in 1986. He made his International Motor Sports Association debut in 1989, finishing twelfth at Sears Point International Roadway race, part of IMSA’s GTO Series. In 1998 and 1999, Lester competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona race, finishing fifth and tenth respectively. In 1999, Lester became the first African American to race in NASCAR’s Busch Series, where he represented Team Rensi Motorsports and finished in twenty-first place. In 2000, Lester raced in the No. 8 Dodge Ram in NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series for Bobby Hamilton Racing. In 2002, he began racing in the Craftsman Truck Series full-time in the No. 8 Dodge Ram. Lester switched to Bill Davis Racing in 2004; and in 2006, he began racing in the No. 22 Toyota Tundra. Lester became the first African American since 1986 to participate in the Nextel Cup at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He switched to Billy Ballew Motorsports for a season before leaving NASCAR racing in 2007.

The following year, Lester joined Southard Motorsports, where he drove in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series from 2008 to 2010. Lester spent the 2009 season with Orbit Racing and the 2010 season racing for Starworks Motorsport. In 2011, Lester became the first African American driver to win any Grand-Am division. After retiring as a driver, Lester served as a member of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel as well as the NASCAR Diversity Council.

Lester and his wife, Cheryl, have two sons, William Alexander IV and Austin Richard.

Bill Lester, III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 10, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.039

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/10/2018

Last Name

Lester

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

Booksin Elementary School

Edwin Markham Middle School

Skyline High School

University of California, Berkeley

First Name

Bill

Birth City, State, Country

Washington

HM ID

LES02

Favorite Season

Summer

State

District of Columbia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Brazil

Favorite Quote

It's The Little Things

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

2/6/1961

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Favorite Food

Lasagna

Short Description

Race car driver Bill Lester, III (1961 - ) competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the Nextel Cup Series, the Rolex Sports Car Series, and was the first African American to race in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Employment

Bill Lester Racing

Finish Line Investing

Hewlett-Packard

Favorite Color

Blue