Jospeh C. Wilson
Joseph C. Wilson served as president and chairman of the Xerox Corp. His grandfather, who was also named Joseph C. Wilson, was the founder of Haloid, the predecessor company to Xerox, and had served as mayor of Rochester. His father, Joseph R. Wilson, became president of the company prior to the son taking on those responsibilities.
Minister Franklin Florence
An outspoken activist and leader extraordinaire, Minister Franklin Florence had a goal of placing hundreds of African Americans in jobs at Kodak.
Horace W. Becker
Horace Becker joined the company that ultimately became known as Xerox Corporation in 1958. His initial position was chief engineer. Becker led the team that took the Xerox 914, the world's first plain-paper copier, from development into the product engineering phase and manufacturing. He developed into a Xerox legend for his technical contributions and the type of individual he was.
Mrs. Harper Sibley
Mrs. Harper Sibley was a leading voice in Rochester's social and political affairs during its years of infancy. She spent the greater portion of her life promoting the principles of equalitarianism.
Saul David Alinski
Considered an inspiration to the first female nominee for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky is often attributed with founding more formal structures of grassroots, community organizing. Alinksy, of Russian-Jewish heritage and a native of Chicago, was a committed, controversial and effective civil rights activist.
Rev. Raymond Scott
The 4th president of FIGHT, Raymond Scott is a minister, disciple of justice,social activist, political advocate, campaign strategist, father, and devoted Husband. He is a highly principled individual who works behind the scene and prefers to not highlighted or identified for recognition. Many things contributes to powerful ripple effect of causing community leadership, collaborated with Franklin Flower, whom was his mentor.
Dr. Matthew Augustine
Dr. Augustine has served over 35 years as President and CEO of Eltrex. Before joining Eltrex, he worked in Boston as Director of MIS and materials management at Adage, Inc. Prior to that, he worked for the Polaroid as a production manager. He also owned and operated his own business, Autotorium, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Walter Cooper
Originally from Clariton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Walter Cooper was an influential Rochester scientist, community leader, and politician. Intrigued by science, Cooper became the first African-American to earn a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Rochester later becoming a well-established chemist at Kodak.
Connie and John Mitchell
John and Connie showed loved each other, their family, and their community. They quickly became involved in local social organizations like the Delta Ressics, a black social and civic group. This is where they were first introduced to the social ills taking place in the migrant camps in Sodus, NY and in the poor housing conditions in the third ward area of the city (now known as Corn Hill).
Constance Mitchell made history in 1961, as the first woman and African-American elected to the Monroe County Board of Supervisors (known today as the Monroe County Legislature). To top that, she was the highest elected official among African-Americans in the United States at the time.
John Calvin Mitchell was born on April 21, 1930 in Segura (New Iberia), Louisiana to Pierre (Peter) and Louise Mitchell. He was the eldest of two children raised on a farm and attended St. Edwards Catholic School. Upon graduation from High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served three years from 1947 to 1950.