1. Martin R. Delany, The first African American field officer to serve in the Civil War, a noted physician, author, explorer, and a newspaper editor.
2. Willie Mays, is a former American professional baseball player who played the majority of hismajor league career with the New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets. Nicknamed The Say Hey Kid, Mays was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility. Many consider him to be the greatest all-around player of all time.
Mays won two MVP awards and tied Stan Musial’s record with 24 appearances in the All-Star Game. He ended his career with 660home runs, third at the time of his retirement, and currently fourth all-time. In 1999, Mays placed second on The Sporting News’List of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, making him the highest-ranking living player. Later that year, he was also elected to theMajor League Baseball All-Century Team. Mays is the only Major League player to have hit a home run in every inning from the 1st through the 16th. He finished his career with a record 22 extra-inning home runs. Mays is one of five NL players to have eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons, along with Mel Ott, Sammy Sosa, Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols. Mays hit 50 or more home runs in both 1955 and 1965. This time span represents the longest stretch between 50 plus home run seasons for any player in Major League Baseball history.
3. Sylvia Vanderpool Robinson, Singer, musician, music producer, and record label executive, most notably known for her work as founder/CEO of the seminal hip hop label Sugar Hill Records. She is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre. The first was “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. The second was “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang, which was the first rap song to be released by a hip hop act.
Her first successful record was the 1957 hit, “Love Is Strange”, written by Bo Diddley, (but credited to his then wife, Ethel Smith), and guitarist Jody Williams, who had developed the distinctive lead guitar riff, and released as part of the duo Mickey & Sylvia with guitar player Mickey Baker.
She married Joe Robinson in 1964 and continued working in the music industry, being involved with several more successful releases and forming the successful All Platinum Records label in 1968, which released records for soul artists such as Donnie Elbert and Shirley Goodman (e.g. “Shame, Shame, Shame”, credited to Shirley & Company). She is also credit as the producer of the song “Love on a a Two Way Street”, a hit for the Moments in 1970.
As a solo performer and billed as Sylvia (not to be confused with the country singer of the same name) she recorded and released the single “Pillow Talk” on the Vibration label in 1973. She had originally hoped “Pillow Talk” would be recorded by Al Green. But he turned it down, because it was too risqué, and against his religion. The drums on the recorded version seem to have been influenced by the productions of Willie Mitchell for Green.
“Pillow Talk” reached number one for two weeks on the R&B chart and number three on the pop chart, and is an early example of prototypical disco music. It sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in May 1973. The vocals are replete with moaning and heavy breathing, predating Donna Summer’s orgasmic moans on “Love to Love You Baby”. The drumming rhythm would reappear in 1985 on Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”, then again in 1987 on Fleetwood Mac’s “Big Love”.
4. Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.