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


1. Clifton Chenier, Zydeco King (Black Snake Blues)

2. James Howard Meredith, the first Black person to be admitted to the University of Mississippi.

3. Eddie Floyd, Soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song “Knock on Wood” and “California Girl”

4. Willis Reed, professional basketball player for the New York Knicks after graduating from Grambling State University. An All-Star in his first seven professional years (1964-71), he will lead the New York Knicks to their first-ever title in 1970.

5. Jimmy Walker, Actor\Comedian Good Times

6. Dikembe Mutombe, professional basketball player, last playing for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He was the oldest player in the NBA at the time of his most recent season.

7.  Mel Waiters  (Hole In The Wall) was an American R&B singer born in San Antonio, Texas. In the early 1970s, he began singing in the church choir and nightclubs. Additionally, he was a radio DJ and entertainer on military bases around this time. In the mid 1990s, he achieved national fame with his first single “Hit It and Quit It.” He gave the only copy of his new CD, the soon-to-be “Got My Whiskey,” to Tommy Couch Jr. at Malaco Records in Jackson, Mississippi and was subsequently brought onto the label. Waiters became popular on the blues festival and touring circuit in the south, and was known for songs about partying and romance. In 1999, his fourth album “Material Things” made it to the Billboard Top 100 R&B charts. He claimed that Teddy Pendergrass was the main influence on his singing style. Waiters was featured in a cover story of the February 2007 issue of “Living Blues” magazine, and on May 28, 2015, Mel Waiters died of cancer.

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