1. Kenny Clarke (born Kenneth Spearman Clarke, nicknamed “Klook”, and later known as Liaqat Ali Salaam) a jazz drummer and an early innovator of the bebop style of drumming. As the house drummer at Minton’s Playhouse in the early 1940s, he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the prior generation, including Sidney Bechet.
2. Ahmed Sékou Touré (var. Ahmen Seku Ture), an African political leader and President of Guinea from 1958 to his death in 1984. Touré was one of the primary Guinean nationalists involved in the liberation of the country from France.
3. Earl Gilbert Graves, Sr., an American entrepreneur, publisher, businessmen, and philanthropist. A graduate of Morgan State University, he is the founder of Black Enterprise magazine and chairman of the media company Earl G. Graves, Ltd. He is the current director for Aetna and Executive Board member of the Boy Scouts of America.
4. Big Al Downing, Country Singer/R&B Artist, entertainer, singer, songwriter, and pianist. He received the Billboard’s New Artist of the Year and the Single of the Year Award in 1979. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and was a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Downing was nominated as Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand television programs.
5. Otis Junior Nixon, Jr., a former Major League Baseball player. He played center fielder and was a switch-hitter who played from 1983 to 1999. He has also played for the United States cricket team.