Gorden had been attending a local junior college in 1958 when he was notified about his appointment to West Point as a cadet.
In 1956 Brown became the first unmarried woman in Tennessee authorized to be an adoptive parent, and in 1966 she became the first black woman representative to the state legislature in Tennessee.
Brown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 7, 1919.
Dorothy Lavinia Brown was a medical pioneer, educator, and community leader.
In 1948-1949 Brown became the first African American female appointed to a general surgery residency in the de jure racially segregated South.
William Miles was a self-taught documentary filmmaker who has produced several documentaries on the history of black Americans.