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

1. Louis Charles Roudanez, physician, civic leader, and news publisher.

2. Olivia Davidson Washington, Educator and administrator, and a critical factor in the creation and success of Tuskegee Institute with her peer and late husband, Booker T. Washington.

3. Charlotte Eugenia Hawkins Brown, Civic leader and educator who founded the Palmer Institute (a prep school for African-Americans), argued against lynchings, and was in favor of interracial cooperation.

4. Clarence (Pinetop) Smith, an influential boogie-woogie style blues pianist. He is a 1991 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

5. Hazel Scott, singer, actress, and musician.

6. Charles Rangel,  defeated Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. for the  Congressional seat in the 16th District and serve on the House Judiciary Committee hearings on the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon. He will also chair the Congressional Black Caucus and be a strong advocate in the war on drugs and drug crime as chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control.

7. James (Pookie) Hudson, Pookie Hudson, lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop group The Spaniels, who lent his romantic tenor to hits like Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight and influenced generations of later artists.

8. Amalya L. Kearse, The first African American woman judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second District of New York. She will earn her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College and her law degree at University of Michigan Law School. She will be active in legal circles, the National Urban League, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

9. Johnny Brown, Comedian and will be known for his roles on “Good Times,” and “The Jeffersons,” “Family Matters,” and “Martin.”

10. Frank X. Walker, writer, administrator, poet, and educator.

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