1. Roosevelt Sykes, blues musician also known as “The Honeydripper“. He was a successful and prolific cigar-chomping blues piano player whose rollicking thundering boogie was highly influential. Look Out For Yourself
2. Jersey Joe Walcott was born Arnold Raymond Cream in Merchantville, New Jersey. Walcott won the World Heavyweight Championship from Ezzard Charles, whom he knocked out in the 7th round of their 1951 title bout in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Walcott had 69 professional fights. He won 30 of them by knock-out and was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1969.
3. Jackie Robinson, Baseball Superstar, Over ten seasons, he played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers’ 1955 World Championship. He was selected for six consecutive All-Star Games from 1949 to 1954, was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949 the first black player so honored. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
4. Benjamin Hooks, Former executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the first African American board member of the Federal Communications Commission.
6. Earnie Banks, baseball Great, former Chicago Cub star (Mr. Cub)
7. Glynn Turman, TV Movie-Stage Actor, writer, director, and producer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as high school student Leroy “Preach” Jackson in the 1975 coming-of-age film Cooley High, math professor and retired Army colonel Bradford Taylor on the NBC sitcom A Different World, and fictional Baltimore mayor Clarence Royce on the HBO drama series The Wire.
8. Kerry Washington, actress. She is known for her roles as Ray Charles’s wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Idi Amin’s wife Kay in The Last King of Scotland, and as Alicia Masters, love interest of Ben Grimm, The Thing, in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007. She has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song and The Dead Girl.