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1. Willie Mae Ford Smith, Mother of Gospel Music

2. Milt Hinton, The Bassist of the Stars, jazz double bassist and photographer. He was nicknamed “The Judge”.

3. Helen Humes, Jazz and Blues Singer

4. Christopher F. Edley, most noted for his highly successful administration and fundraising United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

5. William Merriette Pleasant, Jr., an early member of the NAACP, and as a performing artist, A showman (as well as commercial sign painter). He appeared on the Major Bowle’s Amateur House, once a famous and well listened to national radio program. Documented in his art many of the once- influential people and historical landmarks of Savannah’s Black heritage.

6. Wilma Rudolph, Won three olympic gold medals in 1960. (track and field), inducted to the Black Sports Hall of Fame in 1973, the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983.

7. Rosetta Hightower, singer with the group, The Orlons. Some of their hits will be “The Watusi,” “Don’t Hang Up,” and “South Street.”

8. Jimmy Castor, pop and funk musician. He is best known as a fun disco/funk saxophonist, with his biggest hit single being 1972’s million seller, “Troglodyte (Cave Man)”.

9. Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1991, replacing Thurgood Marshall as the only African American among the nine jurists.

10. Randy Jackson, musician and record producer, American Idol Judge

11. Chico Debarge, R&B singer and a younger brother of the members of the Motown family act DeBarge. Unlike the rest of his DeBarge siblings, Chico is the only male DeBarge that does not sing in the falsetto range that is well known in his family; he sings tenor.

12. Hensley Meulens, a former Major League Baseball player who played from 1989 to 1998.

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