Ozell Sutton

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Ozell Sutton (born December 13, 1925) in Gould, Arkansas is among the first blacks to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sutton received his undergraduate degree in 1950 from Philander Smith College. In 1962, he Sutton received an honorary doctorate from Philander Smith in 1962 for recognition of his political activism in the civil rights movement.

In 1963, he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the a historic March on Washington D.C. and in 1965 for the Selma to Montgomery marches[1]

Sutton worked for Governor Winthrop Rockefeller as the director of the Governor's Council on Human Resources.

He is a founding member of the executive board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.[1]

In 2012, he was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal from President Barack Obama for being among the first blacks to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.[2]

Sutton was the 26th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. As president, he was named one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ozell Sutton—Biography". The Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  2. ^ "Alpha Phi Alpha members honored with the Congressional Gold Medal". Copy Line News Magazine. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 


  • Mason, Herman (1999). "Ozell Sutton". The Talented Tenth: The Founders and Presidents of Alpha (2nd ed.). Winter Park, FL: Four-G. ISBN 1-885066-63-5. 
Preceded by
Charles Teamer
General President of Alpha Phi Alpha
Succeeded by
James R. Williams