1. Carter Godwin Woodson, historian and father of Black History Month born in New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia.
2. Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland “Roy” Byrd), Blues Artist
3. Cicely Tyson, Actress, Muliti-Emmy award winning Stage, Movie and TV actress, known for appearances in the film Sounder and the television specials The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Roots.
4. Maurice White, Rhythm and Blues Artist (Earth Wind and Fire), Grammy Award winning African-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger.
5. Reginald Howard “Reggie” White, was a professional football player who played defensive end for 15 seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers becoming one of the most decorated players in NFL history. The 2-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 13-time Pro Bowl and 12-time All-Pro selection holds 2nd place all-time amongst career sack leaders with 198.5 (behind Bruce Smith’s 200 career sacks).
6. Winston Kinnard Garland, Former professional basketball player on the point guard position. He played collegiately at the Southeastern Community College (Iowa) for two seasons (1983/84-1984/85), and then at the Missouri State University for the two following seasons. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round (40th overall pick) of the 1987 NBA Draft.
Garland played in 8 professional seasons, 7 of which were in the NBA, where he played for 5 different teams: Golden State Warriors (1987–90), Los Angeles Clippers (1990–91), Denver Nuggets (1991–92), Houston Rockets (1992–1993) and Minnesota Timberwolves (1994–95). In his NBA career, Garland played in 511 games and scored a total of 4,799 points. His best year as a professional came during the 1988-89 season as a member of the Warriors, appearing in 79 games and averaging 14.5 ppg. In his rookie campaign, Garland was the first Warrior to record a triple double in five years.
7. Tyson Beckford, model and actor, best known as a Ralph Lauren model. He is currently the host on the Bravo program Make Me a Supermodel.