1. Thomas Ezekiel Miller, politician, educator, and lawyer. An African-American from South Carolina, he was a prominent leader in the struggle for civil rights in the American South during and after Reconstruction. He was a school commissioner, state legislator, U.S. Representative, lawyer, and college president.
2. James Weldon Johnson, author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University. The first Black executive of the NAACP, Co-authored with his brother John Rosamond Johnson the Black National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing).
3. Robert C. Maynard, newspaper editor, publisher, writer, and social commentator. (Oakland Tribune)
4. Kevin Thornton, Rhythm and Blues Artist (Color Me Badd)
5. Venus Williams, professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and currently ranked World No. 29 in singles and World No. 20 in doubles as of 2011. Considered as one of the greatest women’s tennis players ever, she has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first black woman to achieve this feat during the open era.
Her 21 Grand Slam titles ties her for twelfth on the all time list and is more than any other active female player except for her younger sister Serena Williams. Venus Williams’ titles consist of: seven in singles, twelve in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. Those seven Grand Slam singles titles ties her with four other women for twelfth place on the all-time list. Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list. Venus Williams is one of only three women in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships through the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held. She is one of only five women in the open era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches.
Williams is the chief executive officer of her interior design firm “V Starr Interiors” located in Jupiter, Florida. Williams’s company designed the set of the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, the Olympic athletes’ apartments as part of New York City’s failed bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, and residences and businesses in the Palm Beach, Florida area.
In 2001, Williams was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by the Ladies Home Journal.
In 2007, Williams teamed with retailer Steve & Barry’s to launch her own fashion line EleVen.
In August 2009, Venus Williams became part-owners of the Miami Dolphins with sister Serena Williams.
6. Herculeez, Rapp Artist-Actor (Herculeez and Big Tyme)