1. Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, received a B.A. degree in education in 1949 from Western Virginia State College and a M.A. in education from the University of Wyoming in 1976. Although she had a degree in 1949 she was not allowed to teach in the Laramie County School District because of her race and instead taught at the nearby F.E. Warren Air Force Base for ten years. In 1959 she was finally hired by the Laramie County School District and taught elementary school for 27 years in Cheyenne.
In 1980 Harriett Byrd was the first African American elected to the Wyoming legislature, representing District 44. Byrd served eight years as a state Representative and was elected a state Senator in 1988 where she served four years. She worked tirelessly for more than a decade sponsoring legislation to establish a state holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Her bill was finally passed in 1991, however, the Legislature called it Martin Luther King, Jr./Wyoming Equality Day. Nonetheless, many Wyoming residents celebrate the day as King Day.
2. Luther Vandross, R&B and soul singer-songwriter, and record producer. During his career, Vandross sold over twenty-five million albums and won eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four times. He won four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the track “Dance with My Father”.
3. Shemar Moore, an actor and former male fashion model, best known for his role asMalcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless, which he originally played from 1994 to 2002, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train, from 1999 to 2003. Since 2005, he has been playing FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Acting Unit Chief Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds.