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

  1. Ann Spencer, Noted Poet, poet and active participant in the New Negro Movement and Harlem Renaissance period.  

 2. Melvin B. Tolson, author, educator and poet and politician, taught at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma (where he also served three terms, from 1954 to 1960, as Mayor). 

 3. Walter E. Fauntroy, was born in Washington, D.C. He went on to become a District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives.  

 4. Willie Tee (Wilson Turbenton), Rhythm and Blues Artist (Pimp Songs)  “Baby Please don’t Go

 5. Bob Marley, King of Reggae Music “We’re Jammin’

 6. Natalie Cole, Singer/Daughter of the Great Nat (KING) Cole   “I’ve Got Love On My Mind“, “Our Love

 7. Robert Townsend, Actor/Comedian/Writer/Director, Black Listed (2003), Up, Up, and Away (2000), The Parent ‘Hood (1995-1999), The Meteor Man (1993), The Five Heartbeats (1991), The Mighty Quinn (1989), Hollywood Shuffle (1987), A Soldier’s Story (1984), Cooley High (1975), Ratboy (1986)   

 8. William Alexander Lester III, racing driver who competes in the Daytona Prototype category in the Rolex Sports Car Series. In 1984, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley. Fresh out of college, he worked at Hewlett-Packard for a few years before deciding he wanted to focus on auto racing.  Until 2007, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, being at the time the only African-American competing full-time in a NASCAR circuit. He also participated in a number of Sprint Cup races. 

 9. Brandon Hammond, appeared in a string of high profile projects in the 1990s.  Hammond’s first film role was in Menace II Society where he played the younger version of the main character Caine. He followed this up with major roles in Strange Days, Waiting to Exhale, The Fan and Mars Attacks!, usually playing the son of one of the main characters. He also appeared in Space Jam playing Michael Jordan as a child. His most well-known role is that of Ahmad in the hit film Soul Food.

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