1. William Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite, writer, poet and literary critic. At the age of 12, upon the death of his father, Braithwaite was forced to quit school to support his family. At age 15 he apprenticed to a typesetter for the Boston publisher, Ginn & Co., where he discovered an affinity for lyric poetry and begun to write his own poems.
From 1906 to 1931 he contributed to The Boston Evening Transcript, eventually becoming its literary editor. He also wrote articles, reviews and poetry for many other periodicals and journals, including Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the New Republic.
In 1918 he was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In 1935, Braithwaite assumed a professorship of creative literature at Atlanta University. He retired from Atlanta University in 1945.
In 1946 he, his wife, Emma Kelly, and their seven children moved to Sugar Hill, a neighborhood in Harlem, New York, where Braithwaite continued to write and publish poetry, essays and anthologies.
2. Theodore Lawless, medicine pioneer, dermatologist, medical researcher, and philanthropist. He is known for work related to leprosy and syphilis.
3. Don King, Boxing Promoter
4. Frankie Beverly, Rhythm and Blues Artist (Maze)
5. Gary Ward, Major League Baseball Player
6. Adrian Malik Fenty, Fenty is the youngest person ever to hold the office of District of Columbia Mayor, winning election at age 35 and entering office at 36
7. Marvin Louis Sapp, Gospel music singer-songwriter who recorded with the group Commissioned during the 1990s before beginning a record-breaking solo career. Sapp is also the Founder and Senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.