1. Sarah Gorham was the first woman appointed by the AME Church in 1888, to serve as a missionary to any foreign country.
2. Bill Pickett, cowboy Born in Travis County, TX., only 5’7″ and 145 pounds, Pickett was one of the toughest cowboys. Invented unique form of steer wrestling called “bulldogging”.
3. Elbert Frank Cox, He became the first Black to hold a doctorates degree in mathematics which he received from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York in 1925.
4. Charity Earley became the first Black commissioned officer in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. A School for Girls in Dayton, OH is named in her honor.
5. Jame Cleveland, First sang gospel under the direction of Thomas Dorsey at the Pilgrim Baptist Church.
6. Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman), Rock-N-Roll Super Star
7. Adolph Caesar, was an actor. He is best remembered for his role in director Norman Jewison’s film, A Soldier’s Story for which he received a nomination for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” from both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. He also played the role of “Old Mister” in the Steven Spielberg film, The Color Purple. His acclaimed performance in “Fist of Fear, Touch of Death” is often considered overlooked.
In addition to his film career, Caesar did much voice-over work for television and radio commercials, including theatrical previews and radio commercials for many Soul Cinema Classic films such as Cleopatra Jones, Superfly, Truck Turner and The Spook Who Sat by the Door, as well the 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead.
8. Gene Harris, Major League Baseball Player
9. Keri Lynn Hilson, R&B Artist, 2009 best new artist Soul Train Award.