Decker Ngongang ’03 and Cullen Jones ’06 were among the 100 prominent African-Americans named this week to TheGrio.com’s “History Makers in the Making Class of 2011.” The list is published annually as a kickoff to Black History Month.
Ngongang, who served as senior class president at NC State, works for the website Mobilize.org. He develops activism programs like Democracy 2.0 that call attention to how our democratic process is affecting the millennial generation. Ngongang talked about his work and what inspires in an interview with TheGrio.com.
Jones, an Olympic gold medalist, uses his swimming talents to help children through a national anti-drowning initiative, Make a Splash. He talked to TheGrio.com about his passion for helping kids learn to swim.
Other honorees include First Lady Michelle Obama, singer Jill Scott, actress Viola Davis and NBA star Kevin Durant.