1. William H. Crogman, African-American educator. In 1870, Crogman became a teacher in Claflin University, the first Black to be regularly employed by the Freedmen’s Aid Society in education. He stopped teaching long enough to take a full course at Atlanta University and in 1876 he joined the faculty of what is now Clark University.
2. Jeremiah Haralson, Politician who served in the House of Representatives. Born a slave near Columbus, Georgia, he was taken to Alabama and kept in bondage until 1865. After attaining his freedom, Haralson taught himself how to read and write.
3. Wilber “Bullet Joe” Rogan was one of the best and most versatile players in the history of the Negro Baseball League.
4. Earl Lloyd, Nicknamed “The Big Cat”, he was one of three African-Americans to enter the NBA at the same time. It was only because of the order in which the teams’ season openers fell that Lloyd was the first to actually play in an NBA game.
5. Madge Sinclair, Actress (Trapper John, Coming To America, Roots, Gabriel’s Fire, Me and the Boys, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: The Next generation’s “interface”.
6. Barry Larkin, retired Major League Baseball player. Larkin played shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 to 2004 and was one of the pivotal players on the 1990 Reds’ World Series championship team. He played his college baseball at The University of Michigan, and will have his number retired by the school in 2010.