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1. Betty Carter (born Lillie Mae Jones), Jazz singer renowned for her improvisationaltechnique and idiosyncratic vocal style. Her devotion to the jazz idiom was such that her fellow vocalist Carmen McRae once claimed that “there’s really only one jazz singer – only one: Betty Carter.”

2. John Conyers, Jr. Elected to the House of Representatives from Michigan’s 1st District in 1964, advocated home rule and Congressional representation for the District of Columbia. Sponsor of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1983 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday bill, as well as a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.

3. Janet Jackson, recording artist and actress. Born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, she is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians.

4.  Ralph E. Tresvant, aka Rizz,  tenor singer, best known as one of the lead singers in New Edition

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