Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.


 1. Carter G. Woodson, He became known as the “Father of Black History.” In 1926 Woodson created  what is now annual celebration of African-American achievement. It was once called Negro History Week but is now called Black History Month. 

 2. Roy deCarava, photographer. He took up photography in the late 1940s. In 1952 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of his project to photograph the people of his native Harlem. Many of these photos were compiled in the book The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955), with text written by the poet Langston Hughes. DeCarava’s interest in education led him to found A Photographer’s Gallery — which sought to educate the public about photography — in 1955 and an association of African American photographers in 1963. He is perhaps best known for his portraits of jazz musicians. DeCarava received a National Medal of Arts in 2006.

 3. Redd Foxx, Born Jon Elroy Sanford, Comedian/Actor (Sanford and Son/Harlem Nights)  

 4. Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter (Formed The Blackbyrds while teaching at Howard University) 

 5. Jessie Hill, Rhythm and Blues Singer 

 6. Junior Wells, Memphis Tn, blues singer (In My Younger Days)  

 7. Sammy Strain, of Little Anthony and the Imperials

 8. Joan Amatrading, Singer 

 9. Michael Dorn, actor (Worf-Star Trek Next Generation)

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