1. Thaddeus Joseph (Thad) Jones, jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.Thad Jones was a self taught musician, performing professionally by the age of sixteen. He served in U.S. Armybands during World War II (1943–46).
After Army service including an association with the U.S. Military School of Music and working with area bands in Des Moines and Oklahoma City, Thad became a member of the Count Basie Orchestra in May 1954. He was featured as a soloist on such well-known tunes as April in Paris, Shiny Stockings and Corner Pocket. However, his main contribution was his nearly two dozen arrangements and compositions for the Basie Orchestra, including The Deacon, H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness, in honor of the band’s command performance in London), Counter Block, and lesser known gems such as Speaking of Sounds. His hymn-like ballad To You was performed by the Basie band combined with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in their only recording together, and the recording Dance Along With Basie contains nearly an entire album of Jones’ uncredited arrangements of standard tunes.
2. Byron Scott, a retired National Basketball Association player and current head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. He was formerly the head coach of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. He attended Arizona State University, but left school in his junior year to sign with the then San Diego Clippers. He was an important component of the Los Angeles Lakers championship teams of the mid-to-late 1980s. Scott grew up in Inglewood, Californiaand played at Morningside High School, in the shadow of what was then the Lakers’ home arena, The Forum.
3. Bernice Albertine King, the second daughter and youngest child of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Her older siblings are Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and the late Yolanda Denise King. Bernice is the only King child to become a minister. She was elected in 2009 as the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), but declined in January of 2011, citing disagreements with the organization’s leadership.
Due to her profile and skill in public speaking, King has been asked to speak around the world. Ebony magazine named her as one of theirTen of Tomorrow future leaders of the black community. She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Bernice was only five years old when her father died. At 17, she was invited to speak at the United Nations in the absence of her mother. She is a graduate of Douglass High School in Atlanta, attended Grinnell College in Iowa and she graduated from Spelman College with a degree in psychology.
King says she once considered suicide before God intervened. At the age of 24, she decided to become a minister and in 1990 received aMaster’s degree in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology and a Juris Doctor in Law from Emory University School of Law. King is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.