The Creators


Dwight Lewis, a graduate of Tennessee State University, is a retired award-winning reporter, columnist and editorial page editor for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. In 1981, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In November 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He is the co-author of A Will To Win, which chronicles the amazing athletic history of TSU. He also contributed to the book, Thinking Black: Some of the Nation’s Best Black Columnists Speak Their Mind.

Susan Thomas, a native of Nashville who now lives in Florida, formerly worked as an award-winning reporter and marketing director for The Tennessean newspaper. She has also worked for USA TODAY. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Nashville, Susan won The Best of Gannett first place award for feature writing in 1980. She has also won numerous other awards since then, including the Headliner Award in 1981 for outstanding public service. Susan is also the co-author of the book, A Will To Win.


James R. Threalkill is an Emmy award-winning visual artist in painting, pottery, murals, batik and book illustrations. His experience includes international exhibitions and special projects. He is a devoted individual with extensive knowledge in the fine arts area as it relates to visual media and culture. A graduate of the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts, James has won numerous awards and has also served as executive director of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee.


Temple’s Tigerbelles was compiled and designed by Marian Mathis, of Big Moon Marketing.


Gloria Ballard and Ellen Margulies


The photographs in Temple’s Tigerbelles were provided courtesy of Tennessee State University- Special Collections and Archives, Brown-Daniel Library.