1. Frederick Douglass (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey), Abolitionist/Editor/Author/Lecturer, Born into slavery, Douglass purchased his freedom in 1845 and went on to become the greatest abolitionist of his time.
2. Charles A. Hayes, D-Illinois, who was born in Cairo, Illinois.He was first elected to the House of Representatives. Sept. 12, 1983. In 1989, Hayes was re-elected to a fourth term.
3. Bobby Lewis, rock and roll and R&B singer. Lewis learned to play the piano by age six. Growing up with the influences of the pioneer blues musicians until the advent of rock and roll, Lewis began to build a musical career in the 1950s, and in 1960 appeared at the Apollo Theatre in New York City.
In July 1961, his recording of “Tossin’ and Turnin’” went to No.1 on the Billboard chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Later that year, he had a second Top Ten song, “One Track Mind,” which would be his only other major hit record.
“Tossin’ And Turnin'”, composed by Ritchie Adams and Malou Rene, was featured in the soundtrack for the 1978 film, Animal House. The song would also be covered by Steve Goodman, The Replacements, The Guess Who, Peter Criss, and Jimmy Sturr among others.
4. Jim Brown, (James Nathaniel Brown), former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. In 2002, he was named by Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever. He is considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes the U.S. has ever produced
5. Mary Frances Berry, is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the former chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She is also the former board chair of Pacifica Radio. She is a past president of the Organization of American Historians, the primary professional organization for historians of the United States.
At Penn, Berry teaches American legal history. Before coming to Penn, Berry was provost of the College of Behavioral and Social Science at University of Maryland, College Park, and chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her graduate and law training at the University of Michigan. Berry has received 33 honorary degrees, including an honorary LL.D. from Bates College in 2001.
6. Huey P. Newton, political and urban activist who founded the Afro-American Association and co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
7. Michael Jordan, Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular-season scoring average (30.12 points per game).