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

1. Henry Bibb, author, editor, abolitionist, and advocate of emigration from the United States. he published one of the best-known slave narratives, “Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb.  he started the “Voice of the Fugitive,” the fist Black newspaper in Canada.

He was born to a mixed-race enslaved woman, Milldred Jackson, on a Cantalonia, Kentucky plantation on May 10, 1815. His people told him his white father was James Bibb, a Kentucky state senator, but Henry never knew him. [1] As he was growing up, Bibb saw each of his six younger siblings, all boys, sold away to other slaveholders.

In 1833, Bibb married another mulatto slave, Malinda, who lived in Oldham County, Kentucky. They had a daughter, Mary Frances.

In 1842, he managed to flee to Detroit, from where he hoped to gain the freedom of his wife and daughter.[1] After finding out that Malinda had been sold as a mistress to a white planter, Bibb focused on his career as an abolitionist. He traveled and lectured throughout the United States.

2. Pickney Benton Steward Pinchback, Civil War officer and politician, entered Louisiana politics after the Civil War and became lieutenant governor of that Reconstruction Era state. For 43 days he actually served the office of governor of the state.   Won seats in both houses of Congress following disputed elections but could not persuade the members of either to seat him.”

3. Jayne Cortez, poet, musician, activist, and entrepreneur.   She is the author of ten books of poems and performer of her poetry with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Cortez has presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the United States. Her poems have been translated into many languages and widely published in anthologies, journals, and magazines.

She was organizer of “Slave Routes the Long Memory” and “Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writer Dissecting Globalization,” both conferences were held at New York University. She is president of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and appears on screen in the films “Women In Jazz” and “Poetry In Motion.”

4. Judith Jamison, modern dancer, dance director,  educator and author, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Jamison’s numerous awards include Kennedy Center Honors (1999) and the National Medal of Arts (2001). She won a prime time Emmy Award and an American Choreography Award for Outstanding Choreography for the PBS “Great Performances: Dance In America” special, “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey.” She wrote an autobiography, “Dancing Spirit”, published in 1993.  She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

5. Darryl M. Bell,  actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as college student Ron Johnson, Jr. on the NBC sitcom A Different World. Additionally, he appeared as Morris Clay in the UPN sitcomHomeboys in Outer Space, and had a minor part in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze.  Bell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Greek-letter fraternity. He pledged into the fraternity through Delta Zeta Chapter in Spring 1982.  Bell attended Syracuse University. He is in a  long committed relationship with actress Tempestt Bledsoe, who co-starred in the NBCTV comedy The Cosby Show. The couple appeared together in the Fox reality TV series Househusbands of Hollywood, that debuted in August 2009.

7. Marvin Young, better known by his stage name Young MC, is a Rapp Artist. He is best known for his 1989 hit “Bust a Move“.   While completing his last 2 years at USC, Young MC helped write “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” for Tone Loc. The first radio station to play Wild Thing was KROQ-FM, better known for its specialty of cutting-edge alternative rock. “Wild Thing” achieved multi-platinum status in 1988, with sales totaling nearly 4 million copies. “Funky Cold Medina” achieved multi-platinum status in 1989, selling well over 2 million copies.

8. Carl Douglas, R&B singer, best known for his song “Kung Fu Fighting”, which hit number one in both the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The R.I.A.A. awarded gold disc status on 27 November, and it won a Grammy Award for Best Selling Single in 1974.   It eventually went on to sell eleven million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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