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


1. Reverend John Jasper is arguably one of the most famous black ministers of nineteenth-century Richmond, Virginia, who gained popularity for his electrifying preaching style and his ability to spiritually move both black and white Baptists. He began his career in the early 1840s, preaching at funerals of slave and free black parishioners and giving occasional sermons at the First African Baptist Church.

2. Louis A. Southworth, Blacksmith, fiddler, and farmer.

3. Edmonia Lewis was born to a Chippewa mother and African father…given the indian name Wildfire. In the fall of 1859 she inrolled in Oberlin College, and later studied sculpting privately with Edmund Brackett. Lewis became known for her busts of famous figures as Abraham Lincoln, Longfellow and John Brown. Her Staue ‘The Death of Cleopatra’, received critical acclaim. Most popular was her “Forever Free..depicting African American man and woman removing their shackles.

4. Charles Victor Roman, physician, professor, author, and activist.

5. Arthur George Gaston, businessman who established a number of businesses in Birmingham, Alabama and who played a significant role in the struggle to integrate Birmingham in 1963.

6. William Thomas Dupree (Champion Jack), Blues singer and pianist

7. Ted Joans, painter, trumpeter, and a jazz poet.

8. Otis Young, actor, minister, and educator.

9. Bill Withers, singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. (Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean On Me)

10. Ralph Johnson, Rhythm and Blues Artist (EWF Earth, Wind And Fire)

11. Harvey and Horace Grant, identical twin brothers, Both retired American National Basketball Association basketball players.

12. Malia Ann Obama, The First Children of The US, The oldest of two daughters.

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