1. Robert Weaver,served as the first United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (also known as HUD) from 1966 to 1968. He was the first African American to hold a cabinet-level position in the United States. As a young man, Weaver had been one of 45 prominent African Americans appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to his Black Cabinet, where he acted as an informal adviser as well as directing federal programs during the New Deal.
2. Tom Bradley, was a five-term mayor of Los Angeles, California, serving in that office from 1973 to 1993. He was the first and to date only African American mayor of Los Angeles. His 20 years in office mark the longest tenure by any mayor in the city’s history. His 1973 election made him only the second African American mayor of a major U.S. city.
Bradley unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in 1982 and 1986 and was defeated each time by the Republican George Deukmejian. The racial dynamics that appeared to underlie his narrow and unexpected loss in 1982 gave rise to the political term “the Bradley effect.”
By 1952, Murphy was in Chicago, where he began his long association with Memphis Slim by playing on his dates for United Records and Vee-Jay Records, including the album, At The Gate of Horn (1959).
Murphy did not have a band of his own until 1982, but played with many famous bands. Among them (more or less chronologically): Howlin’ Wolf, Little Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Memphis Slim, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry, Joe Louis Walker andThe Blues Brothers.
He played with some of these bands for many years (for example, 20 years in a row with Memphis Slim), while others were just sessions during his work at Chess Records.
4. Devon White, nicknamed “Devo”, is a former Major League Baseball center fielder, best known for his defensive ability at that position. He is currently an outfield coordinator for the Washington Nationals. His daughter, Davellyn White, plays basketball at the University of Arizona.
5. Mekhi Phifer, Actor (Soul Food Original Movie), He is perhaps best known for his multi-year role as Dr. Greg Pratt on NBC’s long-running medical drama ER and his co-starring role opposite Eminem in the feature film 8 Mile. He was a regular on the Fox crime show Lie to Me, up until season 3.