In 1930, Emperor Haile Selassie I (Ras Tafari Makonnen) was crowned emperor of world’s oldest kingdom, Ethiopia. It was reported that twelve nations sent envoys to the coronation.
In 1954 Dr. Theodore K. Lawless (pictured) was awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn medal for “distinguished merit and achievement among American Negroes”. He was a dermatologist, medical researcher and philanthropist. He was best known for his work on leprosy and syphilis. Lawless was one of the first medical professionals to use radium to help treat cancer.