Ben Watford has been fighting racial injustices throughout his life by pushing societal boundaries and working to right wrongs along his path. A graduate of Howard University in 1957, he won the prestigious National Science Foundation scholarship to attend Tuskegee University. His drive to Alabama further instilled his desire to make a difference. Currently, he preserves history by overseeing the Crockett Miller Slave Quarters through the James City Historical Society. He also founded Community Artists Will Inc., using his artistic talent to tell African-American history by creating a tribute to slaves who were denied a tombstone or grave marker. In addition, Ben has served numerous organizations, including the N.C. Human Relations Commission, Smart Start, and the Coastal Women’s Center.