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Norbert Rillieux

1. Norbert Rillieux, inventor and engineer, is most noted for his invention of the multiple-effect evaporator, an energy-efficient means of evaporating water. This invention was an important development in the growth of the sugar industry.

Bayard Rustin

2. Bayard Rustin, civil rights activist, important largely behind the scenes in thecivil rights movement of the 1960s and earlier. He is credited as the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

He counseled Martin Luther King, Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance.

Nat (KING) Cole

3. Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a televisionvariety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity

Myrlie Evers

4. Myrlie Evers-Williams (born March 17, 1933, in Vicksburg, Mississippi) née Myrlie Beasley is an American activist. She was the first full-time chairman of the NAACP and is the widow of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers. She met him when they were students at Alcorn A&M College in 1950. They married on December 24, 1951.

Little Anthony and the imperials

5. Clarence Collins, of Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Cito Gaston

6. Clarence Edwin “Cito” Gaston, a former Major League Baseballoutfielder and manager. His major league career as a player lasted from 1967-1978, most notably for the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves. His managerial career was with the Toronto Blue Jays where he became the first African-American manager in Major League history to win a World Series title.

Cito Gaston managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, and again from 2008 to 2010. During this time, he managed the Blue Jays to four Division Titles (1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993), two American League Pennants (1992 and 1993) and two World Series (1992 and 1993).

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