1. Ricahard Allen, founder of the AME Church in Philadelphia.
2. John Henry Perry Bradford, Pianist, songwriter, Composer and talent scout. Family moved to Atlanta, Ga., when Perry was six. By 1906 he was working with minstrel shows; he joined Allen’s New Orleans Minstrels in 1907. He left to work as a solo pianist, and played in Chicago (1909). In 1910, he visited N.Y., and toured theatre circuits for several years, as a soloist and in double acts; he also began prolific composing. He settled in N.Y., and became musical director for Mamie Smith; Bradford was responsible for Mamie’s recording debut—generally accepted as the first recording featuring an African-American blues singer. Mamie’s 1921 recording of Bradford’s composition “Crazy Blues” sold over a million copies. He toured with Mamie Smith during the early 1920s, and also led own recording bands featuring Louis Armstrong, Buster Bailey, Johnny Dunn, James P. Johnson, and others. He ran his own publishing company in N.Y., and also pioneered the use of African American performers on commercial radio. Bradford composed many big-selling numbers, including “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down,” “Evil Blues,” and “That Thing Called Love.”
3. Moneta Sleet Jr. won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, at Dr. King’s funeral. Sleet is the first African American man to win the Pulitzer, and the first African American to win award for journalism
4. Magic Sam, (Samuel Maghett) Chicago blues artist. Maghett was born in Grenada, Mississippi and learned to play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. After moving to Chicago at the age of nineteen, he was signed by Cobra Records and became well known as a bluesman after his first record, “All Your Love” in 1957. He was known for his distinctive tremolo-guitar playing.
7. Gregory Hines, Actor/Tap Dancer, Entertainer and dancer