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

1.  Gertrude E. Rush, an African-American attorney and activist.

2. William Lee Conley (Big Bill) Broonzy, Bluesman (House Rent Stomp)

3. Robert Louis Thompson, painter and one of the youngest black artists of his day to gain fame in the United States.

4. Billy Davis Jr., Singer (Fifth Deminsions)

5. Lloyd Newton, Air Force general, member the the famous Thunderbirds, the first African American pilot to join that elite team (retired), educator, and administrator.

6. Jean Knight, Soul, R&B and Funk singer, best known for her 1971 Stax Records hit single, “Mr. Big Stuff.”

7. Bernard Anthony Harris, Jr., former NASA astronaut. On February 9, 1995, Harris became the first African American to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk), during the second of his two Space Shuttle flights.

8. Derek Jeter, professional baseball player. He is a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has played his entire career for the New York Yankees. He has served as the Yankees’ team captain since 2003.   Jeter’s presence in the Yankees’ lineup, highlighted by his hitting prowess, played an instrumental role in the team’s late 1990s dynasty.

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