Dr. Vada Somerville (born Vada Jetmore Watson) of Pomona graduated from USC, married dentist John Alexander Somerville (1912), was the first African American woman and the second African American person to graduate from USC School of Dentistry (1918), and was the first African American woman certified to practice dentistry in the state of California. She was a civil rights activist, highly involved in several civic and community organizations.
Portraits and brief biographical notes on 16 African American. Left to right, and top to bottom: Composer-William Grant Still, Labor Leader-A. Philip Randolph, United States Congress Representative-Arthur Mitchell, Architect-Paul R. Williams, Baritone-Paul Robeson, Writer-Claude McKay, Soldier-Benjamin O. Davis, Contralto-Marian Anderson, Educator-Robert R. Moton, Writer-Langston Hughes, Tycoon-Charles C. Spaulding, Sociologist-W.E.B. Du Bois, Scientist-George Washington Carver, Communist-James Ford, Lawyer-Eunice [Carter] Smith, Musician-Edward K. “Duke” Ellington.