Portrait of PRW

Successful American Negroes

In the issue naming Martin Luther King, Jr. as TIME's "Man of the Year"  is an 8-page photographic essay listing "some unsung Negro successes in American life."

Paul Revere Williams is included in this list approximately 25 African Americans; others are:
Alonzo Wright, Realtor
Hattie Mae White, School Board Member
Henry Lewis, Musical Conductor
Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., U.S. Navy Commander
Carl T. Rowan, Diplomat
John M. Burgess, Bishop
Edward J. Dwight, Jr., Astronaut Candidate

Portrait of Paul R. Williams by Taylor Martin for the Paul R. Williams Project.

example of Reginald D. Johnson work

"A Man With $100,000 Ideas"

Los Angeles Times, April 19, 1964

"His first job as a home architect in the office of Reginald Johnson of Pasadena, a great residential architect, was working on a $125,000 mansion. 'I just couldn't imagine what you could put in a house that would cost so much money.' Paul R. Williams recalled. It didn't take him long to learn about luxury housing. And when he did, he promised himself that he would devote much of his future to adapting $100,000 concepts to $10,000 homes."

This photograph is an example of the type of design work completed by Reginald Johnson's architectural firm during the early 1920s.

1943 Colored Waiting Room Sign

Civil Rights Act Signed

President John F. Kennedy urges the country to provide equal treatment to all Americans regardless of race in 1963. Kennedy is assassinated five months later and President Johnson fulfills Kennedy's promise of a law to end segregation in America. The Civil Rights Act is passed and signed in 1964.

Martin Luther King Jr is TIME's "Man of the Year"

1964 is the first year an African American is named "Man of the Year" by this influential magazine.

"No longer does performance in sport or music circumscribe Negro accomplishments ... The criterion for choosing TIME'S Man of the Year is the man or woman who dominated the news of that year and left an indelible mark —for good or ill—on history." (January 3, 1964)