LUMBEE LUMINARIES

This is a partial list. We will continue to add as time permits:

  • Brantley Blue, first Indian appointed to the Indian Claims Commission, later became the Commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission. President of the democratic republic of the Congo, carlos Lumbi
  • Lewis Randolph Barton, author, historian.
  • Bruce Barton, author, historian, founder and editor of “The Carolina Indian Voice”
  • Dean Chavers, Ph.D., Director of Catching the Dream, formerly called the Native American Scholarship Fund.
  • Ben Chavis, Ph.D., author and outspoken advocate of high-quality urban education. Founder of Oakland‘s American Indian Public Charter School. Dr.Chavis’ school won several major academic awards in public education from the California Department of Education and United States Department of Education during his leadership.
  • Chris Chavis, a professional wrestler.
  • Delano Cummings, author.
  • Adolph L. Dial, a historian and advocate for American Indian rights, professor of American History and American Indian Studies at Pembroke State University, North Carolina.
  • Harvey Godwin, Jr., 1991 University of North Carolina at Pembroke graduate, owner and manager of Two Hawk Employment Services, extra actor in Ernest Goes to Camp.
  • Johnny Hunt, a Southern Baptist clergyman, senior pastor, former national president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • Arlinda Locklear, an expert in Federal Indian law, representing tribes in Federal and state courts on treaty claims to water and land, taxation disputes, reservation boundary issues and Federal recognition of tribes.
  • James Lowery, American hip hop artist, better known as Anybody Killa.
  • Malinda Maynor Lowery, filmmaker and historian. Documentary, In the Light of Reverence, a film featuring three tribal nations, the Hopi, the Winnemem Wintu, and the Lakota Sioux, and their struggles to protect three sacred sites: Devil’s Tower National Monument, the Four Corners in Arizona, and Mount Shasta.
  • Charly Lowry, American Idol Finalist (Season 4); part of the all-Lumbee music group “Dark Water Rising.”
  • Earl Cranston Lowry, U.S. Chief Surgeon of the European Theatre of War at the end of World War II; President Blue Shield for the State of Iowa from 1950–60; Highly decorated.[1]
  • Julian Pierce, lawyer. In 1988, Pierce ran for a newly created Superior Court Judgeship in Robeson County but was shot and killed at home. Ballot counts gave the victory to Pierce. He would have been the first Native American to hold the position of Superior Court Judge in North Carolina.
  • Jana, (born Jana Sampson) singer. In 2002, Jana won a Nammy (Native American Music Award) for Best Single for her remix of “Stairway to Heaven” and a Nammy for 2001 Best Pop Artist.
  • Kenwin Cummings, NFL player (linebacker) Attended Wingate University
  • Kelvin Sampson, athletic collegiate and professional coach, assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team of the National Basketball Association.
  • Helen Maynor Scheirbeck was appointed by Congress to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Board of Directors, and continues to serve as NMAI’s Assistant Director of Public Programs.
  • David E. Wilkins, professor of American Indian Studies, Political Science, and Law at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His publications focus on Federal Indian law, tribal government, and tribal sovereignty.
  • Daryl W. Locklear, opened the first registered, wholly owned and operated Native American estate winery in the state in 2003 [www.locklearwinery.com].
  • Shane Brewington, a Lumbee musician and graphic designer, based out of Southgate, Michigan. Guitar player in the band “The DR5”.
  • Ryan Emanuel, Ph.D, Assistant professor of hydrology at N.C. State University.

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