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

Florence Price

1. Florence Beatrice Price, Composer, Arranger & Teacher, First African American Woman To Have A Symphony Performed By A Major Orchestra

Paul Robeson

2. Paul Robeson, internationally renowned American bass-baritone concert singer, scholar, actor of film and stage, All-American and professional athlete, writer, multi-lingual orator and lawyer who was also noted for his wide-ranging social justice activism. A forerunner of the civil rights movement, Robeson was a trade unionist, peace activist, Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate, and a recipient of the Spingarn Medal and Stalin Peace Prize.

Paule Marshall

3. Paule Marshall, novelist,  author. She was born Valenza Pauline Burke, She is a MacArthur Fellow and is a past winner of the Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She was designated as a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library in 1994. Marshall was inducted into the Celebrity Path at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2001.


4. Dr. Nathan Hare, publisher and educator, first person hired to coordinate a Black studies program in the United States, at San Francisco State University in 1968.

Keshia Knight Pulliam

5. Keshia Knight Pulliam, actress. She is most recognized for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest child of Heathcliff and Clair Huxtable, on the popular NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. Currently, she appears as reformed con artist Miranda Lucas Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.


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