1. Henry McBay, scientist and educator Henry Ransom Cecil McBay was born May 29, 1914, in Mexia, Texas. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Wiley College in 1934, a master of science degree from Atlanta University in 1936, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1945. He was an instructor of chemistry at Wiley College and an instructor at Western University in Kansas City. In 1944 and 1945, he won the Elizabeth Norton Prize at the University of Chicago for outstanding research in chemistry.
One of McBay’s main goals was to pass along his love for chemistry to his students. He regularly demonstrated how two materials could be combined to produce something with completely different properties. One of his frequent demonstrations combined a metallic poison, sodium, with a gaseous poison, chlorine, to produce table salt. He wanted his students to share his fascination with such processes, which he believed to be minor miracles.
In 1951, he developed a chemistry education program in Liberia on behalf of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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2. Douglas C. Watson, Aeronautical engineer, helped to develop the F-105 and F-84 jet fighters.
3. La Toya Jackson, Of the famed Jackson Family
4. Eric Davis, former center fielder for several Major League Baseball teams. Davis was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 19, 1984, with the Cincinnati Reds, the team for which he is most remembered. Davis actually began his professional career as a shortstop, but played the outfield in the majors. He currently works in the Reds front office.
5. Aaron McGruder, Cartoonist and social commentator through media. Best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedatesuburb, as well as being the creator and executive producer of The Boondocks television series based on his strip. Through the exceptionally intelligent Huey (named after Huey P. Newton) and his younger brother and wannabe gangsta Riley, the strip explores issues involvingAfrican American culture and American politics.