1. Mordecai W Johnson, Educator. He served as the first black president of Howard University, from 1926 until 1960.
2. Mississippi Fred McDowell, Blues Artist
3. Jay McShann, Bandleader
4. James Farmer, Civil Rights Leader, Co-founder of C.O.R.E.
5. Former heavyweight boxing champion Joseph “Smoking Joe” Frazier was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. Frazier was a 1964 Olympic gold medalist who won the heavyweight championship in 1968.
6. George Duke, Jazz Artist/Producer
7. Jacques Dominique Wilkins, basketball player, born Paris, France