1. Jester Hairston, composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, and actor. He wrote the Christmas song “Mary’s Boy Child”. the first African American to direct The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His film credits will include “The Alamo,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Last Tycoon” and “Lilies of the Field,” for which he will compose the song “Amen.”
2. June Jordan, poet, novelist, journalist, biographer, dramatist, teacher, and committed activist. In her three decade career Jordan made her mark as one of the fiercest and most compassionate voices of her time. She became a passionate voice of a generation battling the constructions of race, gender, sexuality, politics, war, violence, and human rights. Jordan played an important role in the development of black artistic, social, and politic movements and is still widely regarded as one of the most significant and prolific Black, bise
3. Richard Roundtree, actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 film Shaft and in its two sequels, Shaft’s Big Score (1972) and Shaft in Africa (1973). Also appeard in Shaft (2000)
4. O.J.(Orenthal James) Simpson, nicknamed “The Juice”, Football’s Greatest Runner retired American football player, football broadcaster, spokesman, actor He also holds the record for the single season yards-per-game average which stands at 143.1 ypg. Simpson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
5. David Gene “The Cobra” Parker, former player in Major League Baseball. He was the 1978 National League MVP and a two-time batting champion.
6. Debbie Sledge, Rhythm and Blues Artist (Sister Sledge)
7. Willie Wilson, former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago Cubs. He was an outfielder known for his speed and ability as an effective leadoff hitter.