Last Updated on March 29, 2003 by Paulette Brown-Hinds


Eleven of the nation’s top African-American educators are the focus of Miller Brewing Company’s 2003 Gallery of Greats Calendar.

Hailing from public historically Black colleges and universities (public HBCUs) across the United States and the Caribbean, these distinguished school presidents and chancellors join the growing list of prominent Black leaders to be profiled in the popular annual calendar series.

The only exception, Dr. Elnora Daniel of Chicago State University, heads a university that is 80 percent Black, but was not founded specifically to educate African Americans. Now in its 20th year, the Gallery of Greats calendar has showcased the accomplishments of African Americans from a variety of fields, including business, journalism, entertainment and athletics.

The 2003 calendar theme, “Turning Dreams Into Reality,” serves to define the crucial role that education has played within the African-American community, while providing a forum to honor those individuals who are true trailblazers within academia.

“Higher education often does not receive the same level of accolades that is given to professions such as law or medicine,” said Virgis Colbert, executive vice president, Miller Brewing Company. “Yet without such educators that are profiled in the 2003 Gallery of Greats calendar, there would be no doctors or lawyers.

We are very proud to pay homage to this esteemed group of scholars because the work they do is vital to the advancement of the African-American community, and to society as a whole.”

The list of the 2003 Gallery of Greats honorees includes:

Dr. Elnora D. Daniel, President, Chicago State University;

Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President, Savannah State University;

Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, Chancellor, Elizabeth City State University;

Dr. David B. Henson, President, Lincoln University (Missouri);

Dr. Ivory V. Nelson, President, Lincoln University (Pennsylvania);

Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President, Medgar Evers College;

Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr., Chancellor, Winston-Salem University;

Dr. Lester C. Newman, President, Mississippi Valley State, W. Clinton Pettus, Ph.D., President, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania;

Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, President, University of the Virgin Islands;

James C. Renick, Ph.D., Chancellor, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

The Gallery of Greats portraits and accompanying 2003 calendar, which were created under the artistry of Dell G. Godbold, were recently unveiled at a special gala reception in Washington, DC. Miller Brewing Company partnered with The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (TMSF) on the 2003 calendar unveiling and reception.

Congressmen Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Chaka Fattah, along with Senators Herb Kohl and Arlen Specter, also were honored during the reception for their continuous support of higher education, especially the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and its public historically Black colleges and universities.

“The 2003 Gallery of Greats Calendar is particularly meaningful to the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund because of its tribute to the leadership of our member schools,” said Dwayne Ashley, president of TMSF. “We are extremely grateful to the Miller Brewing Company for saluting the immense talent behind our public HBCUs.”

The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund is the only national organization of its kind to award four-year merit scholarships to students attending public historically Black colleges and universities.

As in past years, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the calendar and T-shirts will benefit TMSF and the work it does on behalf of thousands of public HBCU scholarship recipients across the country. For those interested in supporting TMSF, Gallery of Greats commemorative T-shirts can be purchased online at

Customers who purchase a T-shirt automatically will receive the 2003 Gallery of Greats calendar free of charge.

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The company imports Foster’s, produces SKYY Blue, Sauza Diablo, Stolichnaya Citrona and Jack Daniel’s Original Hard Cola flavored malt beverages, and has primary products ICEHOUSE and Red Dog from the Plank Road Brewery, a small division of Miller.

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