Opening of Peter and Verna Dauterive Hall; 1st Interdisciplinary Building at USC.
Crispus Attucks Wright
1st African American Multimillion Dollar Major Gift Donor to USC
Best known as the creator of the pan-African and African-American holiday of Kwanzaa; Ph.D Dornsife
1st Female CEO of the NFL, Oakland Raiders; USC Law School Graduate.
Samuel L. Williams
1st African American USC Trustee, 1961 Graduate of USC Law School.
1st African American Female to pilot a 747; 1st Afrcian American Female Lt. General Air Force
Rev. Thomas Kilgore
Establishment of USC Black Alumni Association; Scholarship Assistance provided to low-income students, all minorities (with Verna Dauterive, Peter Dauterive, Thomas Griffith, Sr., Portia Griffith–alumni).
1st African American Female SEC Commissioner.
Cynthia Watson Arnold
1st USC African American Helen of Troy.
Linda Murray Fuller
1st USC African American Song Girl.
1st USC Heisman Trophy Winner.
1st African American President, Indiana University. Graduate of School of Public Policy
Yvonne Braithewaite Burke
1st African American Congresswoman, California; Graduate of USC Law School.
1st African American USC Student Senator.
Edwin L. Jefferson
1st African American Justice for the California 2nd Appellate Court of Appeals; USC Law School Graduate.
1st African American Female Nationally Renowned Journalist.
Helen Wheeler Riddle
1st African American female USC Law School Graduate.
Brice Union Taylor
1st USC All-American in Trojan Football history.
Paul Revere Williams
1st African American Architect
Vada Watson Somerville
1st Female Graduate, USC School of Dentistry (Married to John Somerville).
Booker T. Washington
USC Address/visit w President of USC. (fundraising tour for Tuskegee Institute)
Howard Porter Drew
“The Fastest Man in the World;” World record holder in Track and Field 100 meter (1913-16 attended USC)
John A. Somerville
1st African American Graduate USC School of Dentistry.
Diana McNeil Pierson
BA in 1909; MS in 1910. At one time thought to be the first Black woman to attend USC.
Joseph P. Widney
Former USC President, publishes “Race Life of the Aryan Peoples”, a best selling book on “scientific racism”.
Clarence Bertrand Thompson
1st African American Law School Graduate.
Laura Gertrude Brown
Graduates with a degree in Music. Her degree is conferred by USC President Joseph P. Widney