1. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
2. Noble Sissle, jazz composer, lyricist, bandleader, singer and playwright.
3. Nicolas’ Guillen, poet, journalist, political activist, and writer. He is best remembered as the national poet of Cuba
4. Ivie Anderson, jazz singer. She was best-known for her performances with Duke Ellington’s orchestra between 1931 and 1942.
5. David Norman Dinkins, former politician from New York City. He was the Mayor of New York City from 1990 through 1993, being the first African American to hold that office.
6. Richard G. Hatcher, became on January 1, 1968 , the first African-American mayor of Gary, Indiana. He had won election the previous November as one of the first black mayors elected in a northern industrial city and the first in the state of Indiana.
7. Lee Morgan, a leading trumpeter and composer, recorded prolifically from 1956-1972
8. Arthur Ashe, professional tennis player, born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. During his career, he won three Grand Slam titles, putting him among the best ever from the U.S. Also remembered for his efforts to further social causes.
9. Ron Glass, actor. He is best known for his roles as the witty Det. Ron Harris in the television sitcom Barney Miller (1975-1982), and as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the science fiction series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity.
10. Andre Dawson, nicknamed “The Hawk”, is a center/right fielder who played for four Major League Baseball (MLB) teams from 1976 to 1996, spending most of his career with the Montreal Expos (1976–1986) and Chicago Cubs (1987–1992). An 8-time National League (NL) All-Star,
11. Roger Craig, former NFL running back who won three Super Bowls (1984, 1988, 1989) while playing with the San Francisco 49ers with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
12. Christopher “Play” Martin , Rapp Artist, Actor, formerly the latter half of the late 1980s/early 1990s hip-hop/comedy duo Kid ‘n Play