1. Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly is a retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church(First black Female Bishop of a major Denomination). She was born in Washington, D.C., one of eight children. Her father, David D. Turpeau, Sr., was a prominent Methodist minister, who later served four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. For a period of time he also served simultaneously as a Pastor and a District Superintendent. Her mother, Ila Marshall Turpeau, was an outspoken advocate for women and Blacks and a founder of the Urban League of Cincinnati, Ohio.
2. J. B. Lenore (Lenoir) blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s and 1960s Chicago blues scene. Lenoir’s guitar-playing father introduced him to the music of Blind Lemon Jefferson, whose music became a major influence. During the early 1940s, Lenoir worked with blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James in New Orleans. Lenoir would eventually find musical influence in Arthur Crudup and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
3. Tommy Tucker, blues singer-songwriter and pianist. He was born Robert Higginbotham, to Leroy and Mary Higginbotham, the fifth of eleven chidren, in Springfield, Ohio. He is best known for the 1964 hit song, “Hi-Heel Sneakers“, that went to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at #23 in the UK Singles Chart.
4. Fred Williamson, actor, architect, and former professional American football defensive back who played mainly in the American Football League during the 1960s. (Chiefs Super Bowl I)
5. Charles Fluller, Playwright, Fuller co-founded the Afro-American Arts Theatre in Philadelphia, his hometown, in 1967. The Perfect Party (1969) was the first of Fuller’s plays to receive critical acclaim. Zooman and the Sign won an Obie Award in 1980. A Soldier’s Play, about a murder on a Louisiana military base, won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was adapted into a film, A Soldier’s Story, in 1984.
6. Michael Warren, TV actor and former college basketball player, best known for playing Officer Bobby Hill on the NBC television series Hill Street Blues.
7. Eddy Grant (born Edmond Montague Grant), Musician, When he was still a young boy, his parents emigrated to London, UK, where he settled. He lived in Kentish Town and went to school at the Acland Burghley Secondary Modern at Tufnell Park. He had his first number one hit in 1968, when he was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of the group The Equals, with his self-penned song “Baby Come Back”. The tune also later topped the UK Singles Chart again when covered by Pato Banton. Notably, he openly used his songwriting for political purposes, especially against the then-current apartheid regime of South Africa. The Clash recorded a version of “Police On My Back” for their Sandinista! set. He is better known in the U.S. for his song “Electric Avenue”
8. Marsha Warfield, actress and comedienne best known for her 1986–1992 role of Roz on the popular NBC sitcom Night Court. Roz, a tough, no-nonsense bailiff in Judge Stone’s court, acted primarily as a straightwoman to the other bailiff character, Bull (Richard Moll). She also starred in the sitcom Empty Nest as Dr. Maxine Douglas from 1993 to 1995. Before Night Court, she was a writer and performer on the short-lived Richard Pryor Show.
Marsha has appeared in feature films such as D.C. Cab (1983) and Mask (1985), hosted The Marsha Warfield Show for two years (1990-1992) and has made guest appearances on many television shows, including Riptide, Family Ties, Clueless, Cheers and Star Dates. She has also done stand-up comedy.
9. Reggie Williams, Retired professional basketball player. His nickname during his playing days was “Silk.”
10. Jeffrey Bryan Hammonds, Retired Major League Baseball player. He attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and Stanford University in California before playing pro ball. He played for the Baltimore Orioles (1993–1998), Cincinnati Reds (1998–1999), Colorado Rockies (2000), Milwaukee Brewers (2001–2003), San Francisco Giants (2003–2004) and the Washington Nationals in (2005).