1. Cyril Lionel Robert James, was an Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist and essayist. He was influential in the United Kingdom and the United States in socialist parties and Marxist thought, as well as leading ideas about the end of colonialism.
2. Bulee (Slim) Gaillard, jazz singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called “Vout”. (In addition to speaking 8 other languages, Gaillard wrote a dictionary for his own constructed language.)
3. Former world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson was born in Waco, North Carolina. A 1952 Olympic gold medalist, Patterson fought 64 times and won 40 bouts by knockout.
4. Grace Bumbry, Mezzo-soprano opera diva
5. Arthur Conley, Rhythm and Blues Artist (Sweet Soul Music)
6. Jill Marie Jones, Actress, was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for two years. She is best known for her role as realtor Toni Childs on the UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends.