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

1. Emma Azalia Smith Hackley, classical singer, social worker, writer, philanthropist, and activist who championed the use of African-American spirituals as a tool for social change.

2. James Van Der Zee, photographer whose portraits chronicled the Harlem Renaissance.

3. Lloyd Richards, film, theater, and video director, In 1966, Richards became head of the actor training program at New York University’s School of the Arts. He was also Professor of Theater and Cinema at Hunter College in New York City before he was tapped to become dean of the Yale University School of Drama in 1979, and Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory Theater.

4. Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), one of the most effective and best-known activists in the Civil Rights movement,

5. Eva Narcissus Boyd (Little Eva), Singer (The Locomotion)

6. Michael Anthony “Mike” Nutter, Philadelphia’s third African American mayor, and Philadelphia is currently the largest city in the United States with an African American mayor. Elected on November 6, 2007, he was sworn in on January 7, 2008.

7. Stedman Pearson, Rhythm and Blues Artist singer and dancer, most notable for being a member of the pop group Five Star with his four siblings.

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