Odell Horton (1929-2006) was the first African American United States federal judge and first US assistant district attorney in Tennessee. He received a B.A. from Morehouse College in 1951 and received an LL.B. from Howard University School of Law in 1956. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Tennessee from 1962 to 1968. He was a judge on the Shelby County Criminal Court, Tennessee from 1969 to 1970. He was President of Lemoyne-Owen College from 1970 to 1974.
Dr. Lena Frances Edwards (September 17, 1900 - December 3, 1986) graduated from Howard Medical School in 1924 and began a medical practice serving the immigrant population of Hudson County, New Jersey but was not admitted to an OB/GYN residency until 1945. She began teaching at Howard in 1954, while continuing to bring medical care to low-income women. Dr. Edwards received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. #TodayInBlackHistory