Carl Rowan was born on this date, August 11, in 1925. He was an African American federal cabinet member, international ambassador, and nationally known syndicated newspaper columnist.
Rowan was born in Ravencroft, Tennessee, but his family soon moved to nearby McMinuville, where he was reared. He graduated in 1942 from Bernard High as valedictorian and president of a class of 13 students. In 1942, he enrolled at Tennessee A&I, now Tennessee State University. Two years later, during World War II, Mr. Rowan passed a competitive exam to become one of the first Blacks in Naval officer training. [Continue reading at the African American Registry.]