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Gertrude Jeannette

Gertrude Hadley Jeannette was an African American playwright and film and stage actress. She is known for being the first woman to work as a licensed taxi driver in New York City, which she began doing in 1942. Despite being blacklisted during the Red Scare in the 1950s, she wrote five plays and founded the H. A. D. L. E. Y. Players in Harlem, New York, remaining active in mentoring African-American actors in New York City. In the 1960s and 1970s she appeared in Broadway productions such as The Long Dream, Nobody Loves an Albatross, The Amen Corner, The Skin of Our Teeth and Vieux Carré, she appeared in films such as Cotton Comes to Harlem in 1969, Shaft in 1971, Black Girl in 1972. She acted into her 80s and retired from directing theater at the age of 98. Gertrude Jeannette was born on November 1914 in Urbana, Arkansas. Salley Getrude Crawford Hadley, her mother, was a homemaker. Willis Lawrence Hadley, her father, taught on a Native American reservation near Oklahoma. Gertrude Jeannette had five brothers and one sister, grew up on a farm.

The family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas during the Great Depression, she enrolled at the segregated Dunbar High School. In 1935 she became the first woman to get a license to drive a motorcycle in New York City, she joined her husband's motorcycle club in the early 1940s. In 1942, she took and passed the cab driver's test and became the first female cab driver in New York City. In 1949, she was present at the Peekskill Riots, when the Ku Klux Klan attempted to lynch Paul Robeson, her husband worked as a bodyguard for Robeson, during the riot and her husband rushed to the motorcycles to help get Robeson out. Using money she earned as a taxi driver, she enrolled in a speech class to help correct her stammer; the one class she could find was at the American Negro Theater in Harlem. Acting was part of the curriculum, because of that, she studied along with notable actors such as Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. "Singled out for her stage presence," in 1945, she played her first lead role in the play Our Town.

She continued to drive a cab until 1949, when she landed a role in Lost in the Stars, her first Broadway production. She began writing plays in 1950, writing about strong women that "no one would be ashamed to play." She wrote five plays, as a "demanding" director, she mentored young black actors in New York. Her first play was her favorite. Titled The Way Forward and premiered in 1950, it related to her childhood. Jeannette performed in it. Jeannette relates being blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1950s due to her association with her friend Paul Robeson, blacklisted. Though blacklisted, she set up a succession of theater companies in Harlem. In the 1960s and 1970s she appeared in a number of Broadway theater productions. Among them were The Long Dream, Nobody Loves an Albatross, The Amen Corner, The Skin of Our Teeth and Vieux Carré. In 1970 she appeared in the film Cotton Comes to Harlem, in 1972 she appeared in the film Black Girl, her film credits include Shaft. In 1979, she founded the H.

A. D. L. E. Y. Players, she acted into her 80s, retiring from directing at the age of 98. Jeannette was one of several prominent African American theater directors featured in the 13 minute documentary Drama Mamas: Black Women Theatre Directors In the Spotlight and Remembered, shown at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York in March 2006, her husband, Joe Jeannette, first proposed to her on her prom night, she refused, "walking off the floor." They eloped to New York in 1933. Her only son, was born in 1935, dying at age five, her husband, a prizefighter and president of the motorcycle club the Harlem Dusters, died in 1956. She turned 100 in November 2014, she died on April 2018 at the age of 103 at her home in Harlem. She was survived by many nieces. 1950 The Way Forward Gladys' Dilemma 1984 AUDELCO Outstanding Pioneer Award 1987 AT&T and Black American Newspaper's Personality of the Year Award 1991 Living Legend Award at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1992 Harlem Business Recognition Award from the Manhattan Section of the National Council of Negro Women 1998 Lionel Hampton Legacy Award 1999 Inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame 2002 Paul Robeson Award from the Actors’ Equity Association 2004 Giving Back Award from the Giving Back Corporation 2010 AUDELCO Nomination in three categories for Best Play Revival for her play Gladys' Dilemma Elizabeth McCracken, "Gertrude Jeannette," New York Times Magazine, Dec. 27, 2018.

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Charlton Young

Charlton Young is an American college basketball assistant coach at Florida State and the former head coach of the Georgia Southern University Eagles men's basketball team, located in Statesboro, Georgia. He was the head coach of the Eagles from 2009-2013 and was the twelfth coach in the history of the program, replacing Jeff Price; the Eagles were collectively and individually successful during his four seasons as the head coach at the Statesboro, Ga. school. He led the Eagles to a second-place finish in the Southern Conference standings in 2012 as the team earned the second-best turnaround in league history. For his efforts he was honored as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year by multiple publications and was a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, presented annually to the top Division I minority head coach. Young coached four All-Southern Conference selections including Eric Ferguson; the selections of Powers and Ferguson to the all-conference team in 2013 marked the first time since 2007 that multiple Georgia Southern players had earned all-conference accolades in the same season.

In 2013, he led the Eagles to a victory over Virginia Tech for the first win in program history over a team from the ACC. Born in Miami, Charlton played basketball at Georgia Southern from 1989 to 1993, where he led the Eagles to the 1992 NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Oklahoma State, it was the Eagles' last appearance. He played professionally in France for one season after his college career ended. Upon his return to the United States, he began coaching, beginning as an administrative assistant at Auburn University