During its celebration of Black History Month, Oakwood University introduced the honoring of community heroes for their dedicated, innovative contributions to Huntsville and Madison County, Ala.
William Hampton is the founder of the popular Huntsville Revisited Facebook page. The Huntsville Revisited feature is also broadcast on WJOU 90.1 FM every weekday at 7:40 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Moments in history are shared, as well as profiles of history makers, some famous, others not so famous.
Virginia Caples, Ph.D., was the first female interim president of Alabama A&M University. She not only led the university once, but was chosen twice to stabilize and provide continuity during years of transition. Alabama A&M has honored her commitment to excellence by creating the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Alabama A&M University.
Hundley Batts is a Huntsville native who has leveraged his business prowess to uplift and empower his community. His work as an entrepreneur has provided jobs, internships, and financial advice for thousands of families, and has garnered him recognition and trust in the banking and finance industries.
In 1984, Batts and Caples were joined in marriage, and purchased WEUP Radio station. Overall, they purchased five radio stations in the region, and created the Broadcast One corporation. For years they have supported the African American community with the annual Black Arts Festival, cultural events, and numerous other endeavors for the Tennessee Valley.
Audrey Robinson, Class of 1986, has the distinction of being the first African-American woman to hold the office of chief counsel of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. In fact, she is the first black woman to hold the chief counsel position at any of NASA’s centers. Robinson is often the only person of color and the only woman in many meetings in this world of science and technology. However, one of her proudest achievements is her son, Matthew.
Captain Marion (J.R.) Bulluck is well-known throughout Madison County for his caring spirit, his ethical dedication to his call, and his love for the citizens he serves. Beginning his career in 1987, he has progressed through the ranks of service, and was promoted to the rank of Captain, Uniform Patrol Division Commander of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in January 2015. Bulluck has conscientiously and purposefully served the citizens of Madison County with a community-oriented mindset that impacts all of the projects with which he is involved. He is married, and the father of six adult children.
Oakwood University | April 2018