1. John Oliver Killens, novelist, fiction writer whose novels of African American life received two Pulitzer Prize nominations.
2. Thomas Maxwell Davis, Tenor Saxophonist
3. Allen Toussant, Songwriter, musician, composer and record producer, one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
4. Julian Bond, Civil Rights Leader and former Senator
5. Harvey B. Gantt, the first African American student to enroll at Clemson University in Charleston, South Carolina. Gantt became mayor pro tem of Charleston in 1983 and later served as mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987.
6. Carl Weathers, Actor, films include Rocky and In the Heat of the Night.
7. Slick Rick, Rapp Artist
8. L. L. Cool J., Rapp Artist\Actor (In This House)
10. Joe Seneca, film and television actor who had a lengthy Hollywood career, portraying bit parts in many major films and television sitcoms spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Seneca was born Joel McGhee in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his Hollywood career, Seneca belonged to the R&B singing group “The Three Riffs”, performing at upscale supper clubs in New York City. He was also a songwriter and had big hits with “Talk to Me” which was sung by Little Willie John and “Break It to Me Gently”, which was a smash twice, once by Brenda Lee in 1962, and once by Juice Newton in 1982.
Arguably his most well-known roles are that of bluesman Willie Brown in Crossroads and Dr. Meddows in The Blob, the evil head of a government team sent to contain the title creature.
Seneca also made multiple appearances on The Cosby Show as Hillman President Dr. Zachariah J. Hanes, Spike Lee’s “School Daze” as the Mission College President McPherson in 1988 and Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” Music Video In the late 80’s . He also appeard as pluto in the 1984 made for tv movie “House of Dies Drear”