Douglas Gray Sr. was a civil rights and community leader. He was an active participant in the Freedom Summer events of 1964, and went on to form a Mobile-Bouie neighborhood baseball mini-league for young men in the area. Numerous athletes he coached went on to fame in high school and collegiate athletics.
Vernon Floyd was the first African American to receive a FCC license to own and operate radio stations in the State of Mississippi. He was founder of the Circuit Broadcasting Company and was known all over southern Mississippi as the owner and voice of WORV Radio.