National Visionary Leadership Project

National Visionary Leadership Project NVLP records, preserves and shares the histories of extraordinary African American elders, passing on the African American tradition of social change.

Since 2001, the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has been connecting generations to create tomorrow's leaders by recording, preserving, and distributing through various media, the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders - Visionaries - who have shaped American history. Some of these elders are nationally recognized leaders, who are intervi

Since 2001, the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has been connecting generations to create tomorrow's leaders by recording, preserving, and distributing through various media, the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders - Visionaries - who have shaped American history. Some of these elders are nationally recognized leaders, who are intervi

My latest OpEd for The Baltimore Sun --very challenging for me to write, very hard for me to read, and even harder for m...
04/26/2017
On Watching My Son Discover His Blackness… (OpEd)

My latest OpEd for The Baltimore Sun --very challenging for me to write, very hard for me to read, and even harder for me to reconcile my lingering feelings of frustration and anger about the experience.
--On watching my son discover his Blackness: "My son was six years old the first time he realized that he was black."
--Reflecting on the #BaltimoreUprising and #FreddieGray
#blackmommyactivist

Originally published in The Baltimore Sun April 26, 2017 My son was six years old the first time that he realized that he was black. He was in the

The NVLP Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12 continues to grow. Attached is Part Two of the "Neverthe...
02/10/2017
Nevertheless They Persisted: Black Women & The Fire Within Them (Lesson Plan)

The NVLP Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12 continues to grow. Attached is Part Two of the "Nevertheless They Persisted: Black Women &The Fire Within Them" (Lesson Plan) series. #blackmommyactivist

Karsonya Wise Whitehead Examining the Legacies of Ella Jo Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Irene Height, & Coretta Scott King Grade: Middle/High School Overview: Upon …

The NVLP Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12 continues to grow as lesson plans and essays are added o...
02/10/2017
Nevertheless They Persisted: Black Women & The Fire Within Them

The NVLP Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12 continues to grow as lesson plans and essays are added on a regular basis. In honor of some of our visionaries (Dorothy I. Height and Coretta Scott King) - here is Part One of the "Nevertheless They Persisted: Black Women & The Fire Within Them" (Essay)

Karsonya Wise Whitehead Examining the Legacies of Ella Jo Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Irene Height, & Coretta Scott King “Too long have we been silent under…

Two-time Grammy Award winning gospel and soul music recording artist Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney, aunt of Dionne Wa...
02/08/2017
Cissy Houston: Oral History Video Clips and Biography: NVLP Oral History Archive

Two-time Grammy Award winning gospel and soul music recording artist Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney, aunt of Dionne Warwick shares her story of music, mentoring and motherhood. Check out the video clips of her oral history from the NVLP Archive -http://www.visionaryproject.org/houstoncissy/

Stories and first hand accounts of American historical events as told by legendary African American leaders, artists, and visionaries such as B.B. King, Oliver Hill, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Percy Sutton and more.

The Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12 continues to grow as we work to add nvlp resources to it!  Re...
02/08/2017
From Brown (v Board) to Black (Power): Examining the Roots of the Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12 continues to grow as we work to add nvlp resources to it! Recently added "From Brown (v. Board) to Black (Power): Examining the Roots of the Civil Rights Movement! https://kayewisewhitehead.com/2017/02/07/from-brown-v-board-to-black-power-examining-the-roots-of-the-civil-rights-movement/

Karsonya Wise Whitehead Historiography Three hundred and twelve years before the beginning of the modern civil rights era, which is generally accepted as the years between 1954 and the early 1…

Odetta, an American singer, actress, civil and human rights activist and folk music legend shares here story, “I was Alw...
02/03/2017
Odetta Gordon: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

Odetta, an American singer, actress, civil and human rights activist and folk music legend shares here story, “I was Always headed towards music.” Her music has been called the “soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement.” See more of her oral history http://www.visionaryproject.org/gordonodetta/

Stories and first hand accounts of American historical events as told by legendary African American leaders, artists, and visionaries such as B.B. King, Oliver Hill, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Percy Sutton and more.

Percy Ellis Sutton was a Renaissance man recognized as a prominent business and political leader.  He was civil-rights a...
02/02/2017
Percy Sutton: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

Percy Ellis Sutton was a Renaissance man recognized as a prominent business and political leader. He was civil-rights activist, lawyer, Freedom Rider, Tuskegee Airman and legal representative for Malcolm X. Listen to his inspirational story at http://www.visionaryproject.org/suttonpercy/

Stories and first hand accounts of American historical events as told by legendary African American leaders, artists, and visionaries such as B.B. King, Oliver Hill, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Percy Sutton and more.

As we continue to build out our Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12, lesson plans from the National V...
02/02/2017
Examining the Modern Civil Rights Movement & the Birth of Our Activist Spirit

As we continue to build out our Civil Rights Movement section on the #TrumpSyllabusK12, lesson plans from the National Visionary Leadership Project will be uploaded daily.

Karsonya Wise Whitehead & Fayetta Martin Grade: Middle/High School Overview: In order to fully understand this lesson, students should have mastered the indicators covering the impact of…

As we continue to build out the #TrumpSyllabusK12 - we are now uploading National Visionary Leadership Project lesson pl...
02/02/2017
From Plessy to Brown: Examining the Ways We Worked to Overcome

As we continue to build out the #TrumpSyllabusK12 - we are now uploading National Visionary Leadership Project lesson plans to our Civil Rights Movement Section.

Karsonya Wise Whitehead Intended Audience: 3rd – 5th grades Overview: In order to fully understand this lesson, students should have a broad understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and som…

Dr. Dorothy I. Height was a  Civil Rights Activist, President Emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women.  Today sh...
02/01/2017
Dorothy I. Height: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

Dr. Dorothy I. Height was a Civil Rights Activist, President Emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women. Today she will be honored with the 40th U.S. Postage Stamp in The Black Heritage Series on the campus of Howard University.

Stories and first hand accounts of American historical events as told by legendary African American leaders, artists, and visionaries such as B.B. King, Oliver Hill, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Percy Sutton and more.

02/01/2017
Dorothy I. Height: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

Dorothy I. Height was a Civil Rights Activist, President Emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women. Today, she will be honored with the 40th U.S. Postage Stamp in The Black Heritage Series on the campus of Howard University. Check out NVLP Oral History Archival Footage of Dorothy I. Height www.visionaryproject.org/heightDorothy

Stories and first hand accounts of American historical events as told by legendary African American leaders, artists, and visionaries such as B.B. King, Oliver Hill, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Percy Sutton and more.

Katherine Johnson - A brilliant, legendary, genius, barrier breaker, outspoken, gifted, African-American woman.  Check o...
01/05/2017
Katherine Johnson: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

Katherine Johnson - A brilliant, legendary, genius, barrier breaker, outspoken, gifted, African-American woman. Check out her oral history as captured by NVLP – see the movie "Hidden Figures" - fantastic.

Stories and first hand accounts of American historical events as told by legendary African American leaders, artists, and visionaries such as B.B. King, Oliver Hill, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Percy Sutton and more.

The Black Quilted Narratives (BQN) 2015 Summer Teachers' Institute designed by NVLP to train teacher scholars on inclusi...
08/01/2015

The Black Quilted Narratives (BQN) 2015 Summer Teachers' Institute designed by NVLP to train teacher scholars on inclusion, social justice & racial healing using culturally responsive teaching & NVLP Civil Rights lesson plans and Visionary videos

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05/16/2015
B.B. King: Evolution of Playing Style

The King of the Blues passed away this week. World renowned blues guitarist B.B. King, one of the last of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, passed away on May 14, 2015. His reign lasted more than six decades and he was a major influence to many musicians. Here's a clip from the National Visionary Leadership Project's 2005 oral history interview in which Mr. King talks about the evolution of his playing style. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkkHpsemNvI&index=6&list=PLCwE4GdJdVRIg4vxCmpKuZBMWkCcojeQs For more from Mr. King's interview, please visit http://www.visionaryproject.org/kingbb/.

02/27/2015
Earl Lloyd: The Hall of Fame

On Oct. 31, 1950, Earl Lloyd paved the way for future generations when he became the first African American to play in the National Basketball Association. The Hall of Fame basketball player passed away yesterday at the age of 86. In tribute to his accomplishments on and off the court, here’s a clip from the National Visionary Leadership Project’s 2005 interview in which Mr. Lloyd talks about what it meant for him to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r1mNb9eLHM&list=PLCwE4GdJdVRJjjWpxIzrw6dvNiQzxOU-o&index=2 For more, please visit http://www.visionaryproject.org/lloydearl/

01/26/2015
Ernie Banks: First Black with Chicago Cubs

"It's a great day for baseball. Let's play two!'' He played in 13 All-Star games, was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player twice, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and fans voted him the greatest Cub player of all time. Ernie Banks was an amazing athlete who stayed positive despite the challenges that came with being a pioneering black baseball player. Here’s a clip from NVLP's 2004 interview with "Mr. Cub."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzDExFwPNw8&list=PLCwE4GdJdVRKskGy78uYX36-a9IOiI69C Read more about Mr. Banks on his NVLP web page at http://www.visionaryproject.org/banksernie/.

Born January 31, 1931 in Dallas, Texas, Baseball Player, http://www.visionaryproject.org/banksernie

Here's a photo of Ms. Ruby Dee with NVLP college fellows taken in 2006 after an amazing round table discussion in which ...
06/13/2014

Here's a photo of Ms. Ruby Dee with NVLP college fellows taken in 2006 after an amazing round table discussion in which Ms. Dee talked about how she chose her acting roles while staying true to herself.

Beloved actress, civil rights leader, and writer, Ruby Dee passed away on June 12, 2014. She was 91. Ms. Dee was an icon...
06/13/2014
Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee: Balancing Family and Career

Beloved actress, civil rights leader, and writer, Ruby Dee passed away on June 12, 2014. She was 91. Ms. Dee was an icon who performed her roles with intelligence and integrity. The award-winning star, and her late husband Ossie Davis, were influential in the struggle for African American equality and civil rights. In this clip from our 2002 interview, Mr. Davis and Ms. Dee talk about how they balanced career and family. View Ms. Dee’s biography and more clips at http://www.visionaryproject.org/deeruby/.

The illustrious and talented Dr. Maya Angelou went on to glory to May 27, 2014.   A renowned poet, educator, historian, ...
05/28/2014
Maya Angelou: Visionary Videos: NVLP: African American History

The illustrious and talented Dr. Maya Angelou went on to glory to May 27, 2014. A renowned poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer and director, Dr. Angelou was one of the great voices of contemporary literature and a Renaissance woman. NVLP's mission is to develop the next generation of leaders by recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of extraordinary African-American elders—Visionaries—who have transcended barriers, shaped American history, and influenced the world through the rich African-American tradition of social change. View clips from our 2002 oral history interview with Dr. Angelou at http://www.visionaryproject.org/angeloumaya/.

Visionaries in the News: NVLP Visionary Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (on left) joined director Penny Marshall (far right) for ...
09/04/2013

Visionaries in the News: NVLP Visionary Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (on left) joined director Penny Marshall (far right) for Q & A after a screening of “A League of their Own” hosted by Women in Film and Video (WIFV) last week. (Helen "Gig" Smith, former AAGPBL player in middle.) “That was a beautiful movie. But when I played baseball, it was really different,” said Johnson. “That’s because you played with all men,” said Marshall. In 1953, Johnson became the first female pitcher to play in the all-male Negro Leagues. Click here to see a clip from NVLP’s interview with Mrs. Johnson where she talks about her dreams of playing baseball. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yg_oeboVrI

NVLP is proud to share a link from the Library of Congress. "Inside the March on Washington: Our Support Really Ran Deep...
08/28/2013
Library of Congress Blog

NVLP is proud to share a link from the Library of Congress. "Inside the March on Washington: Our Support Really Ran Deep” is a blog post by Guha Shankar, folklife specialist in the American Folklife Center and the Library’s Project Director of the Civil Rights History Project. Video clips from NVLP's historic archive are included in this collection. View the story and clips at http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/

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08/21/2013
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On August 28, 1963 more than 250,000 people participated in the “Great March on Washington” – the largest non-violent demonstration for civil rights that America had ever witnessed. NVLP celebrates this milestone in American history with recollections by civil rights leader and NVLP Visionary Rev. Joseph Lowery. View more at http://www.visionaryproject.org.

08/21/2013

On August 28, 1963 more than 250,000 people participated in the “Great March on Washington” – the largest non-violent demonstration for civil rights that America had ever witnessed. NVLP celebrates this milestone in American history with recollections by civil rights leader and NVLP Visionary Rev. Joseph Lowery. View more at http://www.visionaryproject.org.

08/21/2013

On August 28, 1963 more than 250,000 people participated in the “Great March on Washington” – the largest non-violent demonstration for civil rights that America had ever witnessed. NVLP celebrates this milestone in American history with recollections by civil rights leader and NVLP Visionary Rev. Joseph Lowery. View more at http://www.visionaryproject.org.

05/29/2012
Chuck Brown: Bustin' Loose

Chuck Brown, pioneering musician and creator of Go-Go, will have a public viewing today. Here's a clip from the NVLP archives of Mr. Chuck Brown talking about his hit song Bustin' Loose.

The legendary "Godfather of Go-Go" speaks about his Go-Go hit Bustin' Loose in this tenth and final excerpt from the NVLP Oral History Archive. To learn more...

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What Happened to your website?
Wonderful to be here where African American giants share their dreams of the world.
I am happy to see the history and legacy of our people shared across the United States. Our history is absent from history books.
Glad to learn of this organization and their work.
Hello. Is NVLP still going on? I was a part while I was in college (2005/2006) and would like to bring this to my community.
http://www.visionaryproject.org/chaseleah Sidenote: Leah Chase was born in Madisonville as opposed to New Orleans.