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

1.   Malcolm X,  born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz,  Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist.   A courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans.  He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history,  and in 1998, Time named The Autobiography of Malcolm X one of the ten most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.

2.   Lorraine Hansberry, noted playwright and will be best known for her play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” On March 11, 1959, when it opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, it became the first Broadway play written by an African American woman.

3.   Rod Milburn, athlete and community supporter. Won gold at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich in the 110m hurdles.

4.   Grace Jones, Singer/Actress/Model/Disco Queen,  Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977, which resulted in a string of dance-club hits. In the late 1970s, she adapted the emerging electronic music style and adopted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes. In 1981, her “Pull Up to the Bumper” spent seven weeks at #2 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart.   Although she has yet to become a truly mainstream recording artist in the United States, much of Jones’s musical output is very popular in American clubs as many of the singles were hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplaycharts. Jones was able to find mainstream success in Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, scoring a number of Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart. Jones’s most notable albums are Warm LeatheretteNightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm, while her biggest hits (other than “Pull Up to the Bumper”) are “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”, “Private Life”, “Slave to the Rhythm” and “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)”. During the 1970s, she also became a muse to Andy Warhol, who photographed her extensively.   During this era she regularly went to the New York City nightclub Studio 54.

Jones is also an actress. Her acting occasionally overshadowed her musical output in America; but not in Europe, where her profile as a recording artist was much higher. She appeared in some low-budget films in the 1970s and early 1980s. Her work as an actress in mainstream film began in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and both acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 filmBoomerang with Eddie Murphy. In 2001, she appeared in Wolf Girl alongside Tim Curry.

5.   Richard Dumas,  a retired American professional basketball player. Dumas, a 6’8″ small forward from Oklahoma State University, was selected with the 46th pick of the 1991 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. During the 1991-92 season, however, Dumas was suspended from the NBA for violating its substance abuse policy.[1] Dumas played in Israel forHapoel Holon during his suspension. His rookie campaign commenced 19 games into the Suns’ stellar 1992-93 season, averaging 15.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while helping the team to a league-best 62 wins and an NBA Finals appearance.

6.   Kevin Maurice Garnett,  professional basketball player who currently plays power forward for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a high school basketball career at Farragut Career Academy which included winning a national player of the year award,  he skipped college and entered the NBA Draft. He was selected with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years.

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