Robert Earl James, a 1964 Rowan High School graduate, was one of the first African Americans to be accepted into Harvard School of Business. After earning his M.B.A. in 1970, James became president of Carver State Bank in Savannah, Georgia where he is the longest tenured African American bank president in the nation with over five decades of service. Ebony magazine named James as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans. He is also the owner of two publications – The Savannah Tribune and The Fort Valley Herald.
Alvin Eaton served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He had a history of service for the benefit of the Hattiesburg community, including a career at WDAM-TV and involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, Forrest County NAACP, and the Hattiesburg Chamber of Commerce. Eaton was a leader in the restoration of the East Sixth Street USO, now home to the African American Military History Museum.
At the age of 16, Dr. Walter Massey, a Rowan High School student, received a Ford Foundation fellowship to attend Morehouse College where he received his B.S. in physics and mathematics. He went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Massey served as President at Morehouse College from 1995 – 2007. He is a prominent educator and national leader known for his work in the fields of science and technology serving as Director the National Science Foundation and President of Bank of America.