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Jack Johnson

1. Jack Johnson, nicknamed the “Galveston Giant”, was an American boxer. Trained in the art of pugilism by the aging Joe Choynski, who also became his friend and sparring partner, Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915).  For more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth.


Big Maceo Merriweather

2. Big Maceo (Major Merriweather),  blues pianist and singer, active in Chicago in the 1940s.

Freddie Green

3. Freddie Green, swing jazz guitarist. He was especially noted for his sophisticated rhythm guitar in big bandsettings, particularly for the Count Basie orchestra, where he was part of the “All-American Rhythm Section” with Basie on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Walter Page on bass.

Lowell Fulson

4. Lowell Fulson, was a big-voiced blues guitarist and songwriter, in the West Coast blues tradition. Fulson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also recorded for business reasons as Lowell Fullsom and Lowell Fulsom. After T-Bone Walker, Fulson was the most important figure in West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s

5. James Earl Johnson, former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers. In 1994, he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played both offense and defense as a college football player at UCLA where he was also a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.  His brother is Rafer Johnson, an Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist.  J immy Johnson played NFL football for 16 years at multiple positions. He first played safety, then he moved to wide receiver, then back to safety, and finally to cornerback. During his career, he intercepted 47 passes and returned them for 615 yards. He also caught 34 passes for 627 yards (18.44 yards per. reception avg.).

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