Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.


1. Barney L. Ford,  Early Colorado gold miner, hotel magnate and entreprenuer, former slave  Through a number of business dealings, Ford became a wealthy man but was dogged by a series of tragic accidents. The restaurants and hotels he owned in Denver, Colorado, and Nicaragua were leveled by bombs and fires, and racism periodically forced him out of the gold fields. Despite such setbacks, Ford made and lost several fortunes during his lifetime.  

 2. Willa Brown-Chappell, Aviator, politician, educator and activist, Willa Brown drew strength and inspiration from the life work of her courageous predecessor, Bessie Coleman.  She earned a B.A. from Indiana Teachers College (1927) and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University (1937). Determined to become a top aviator in spite of racial barriers, Willa enrolled in the Aeronautical University in Chicago and earned a Master Mechanic Certificate. On June 22, 1938, she earned her private pilot’s license with a near perfect test score. 

 3. Hammie Nixon, Blues Artist (Harmonica)  Some back porch blues

 4. The Reverend C. L. Franklin (Clarence Le Vaughn Franklin), Minister and Father of Aretha Franklin, you can become a fan sermon A New Heaven & A New Earth 4

 5. William Warfield, Actor, Pianist,  career in music spanned 54 years. A memorable and important segment of Warfield’s professional life was in his performance in 1957 and 59 on NBC-TV’s Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Marc Connely’s The Green Pastures, in his starring role as “De Lawd.”    performs “Deep River

 6. James Louis “J.J.” Johnson, Jazz Trombone, Sonny Stitt JJ Johnson H. McGhee – Now’s the Time 

 7. Sam Cooke, Rhythm and Blues Artist (A Change is gonna Come\You Send Me

 8. George Foreman, Came back to be the oldest Heavyweight Champion, two-time heavyweight boxing champion, was born in Marshall, TX. In a 1973 Kingston, Jamaica bout, he defeated Joe Frazier to receive the haveyweight championship. Foreman kept the title for 22 months until losing it to Muhammad Ali.  

 9. DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rapper, Actor, The Fresh Prince Of  Bel Air

10. Ronald F. Pinkard, (also billed as Lt. Cdr Ronald F. Pinkard, and Ron Pinkard. Actor best known for his role as Dr. Mike Morton in the Jack Webb produced television series Emergency!

Pinkard has also appeared in episodes of several other television series, including Dragnet, Barnaby Jones, Ironside, Mission: Impossible, Perry Mason, Adam-12, Quincy, M.E., The Partridge Family, Wild Wild West, Matlock, Gemini Man, The White Shadow, Matt Houston, and Knight Rider, he also served as a technical advisor on the movie Flight of the Intruder, and received a “special thanks” in the movies Tiger Street, and as Lt. Cdr. Ronald F. Pinkard, USNR in the movie The Hunt for Red October, in most of his roles, he portrays police officers, or doctors.

He served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve, as a pilot of the A-6 Intruder.

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