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

1. W.E.B. DuBois (William Edward Burghardt DuBois), author and historian/Co-founder of the N.A.A.C.P

2. Louis Stokes, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and member of the US House of Representatives, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Stokes was the first African American elected to the House from Ohio.

3. Elston Gene Howard, Negro League and Major League Baseball catcher, left fielder and coach. During a 14-year baseball career, he played from 1955–1968, primarily for the New York Yankees. The first African American player on the Yankees roster, he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player for the 1963 pennant winners after finishing third in the league in slugging average and fifth in home runs, becoming the first black player in AL history to win the honor.

He won Gold Glove Awards in 1963 and 1964, in the latter season setting AL records for putouts and total chances in a season. His lifetime fielding percentage of .993 was a major league record from 1967 to 1973, and he retired among the AL career leaders in putouts (7th, 6,447) and total chances (9th, 6,977). One of the most regular World Series participants in history, he appeared in ten of them, winning six, and ranks among Series career leaders in several categories. His lifetime slugging average of .427 ranked fourth among AL catchers at the time of his retirement., In 1965, Howard signed a $70,000 contract with the NY Yankees and became the highest paid player in the history of baseball at the time.

4. Bobby Bonilla, former player in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 2001. Known in his playing days as “Bobby Bo.”

5. Carol Denise “Niecy” Nash  (Carol Denise Ensley), comedian and actress who has hostedClean House on the Style Network and played Deputy Raineesha Williams on the Comedy Central television series Reno 911!.

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