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

1. Violette A. Johnson, first African American woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court

2. Ida B. Wells, Anti-Lynching Activist, journalist, newspaper editor and, with her husband, newspaper owner Ferdinand L. Barnett, an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented the extent of lynching in the United States, and was also active in the women’s rights movement and the women’s suffrage movement.

3. Frank Crosswaith, labor union organizer and political activist.

4. Evelyn Preer, pioneering stage and screen actress and blues singer of the 1910s through the early 1930s.

5. Eunice Hunton Carter, lawyer and the first Black woman to be a district attorney in the state of New York.

6. Harold Dadford West, biochemist who was the first to synthesize threonine.

7. Mari Evans, poet, produced, wrote and directed the television program called “The Black Experience” for WTTV in Indianapolis, Indiana. Evans received an honorary degree from Marion College in 1975. Evans continued her teaching career at Purdue (1978–1980), at Washington University in Saint Louis (1980), at Cornell University (1981–85) at the State-University of New York – Albany (1985–1986).

8. Donald Milford “Don” Payne, Democratic Party politician from New Jersey who represents the state’s 10th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, which encompasses most of the city of Newark, parts of Jersey City and Elizabeth, and some suburban communities in Essex and Union counties. He is the first African American to represent New Jersey in Congress.

9. Denise LaSalle, R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and record producer. “Now Run And Tell That” made the R&B Top Ten, “Trapped By A Thing Called Love”, released on Westbound Records, made #1 on the national R&B chart

10. William Bell, soul singer and songwriter, and one of the architects of the Stax-Volt sound. As a performer, he is probably best known for 1961’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water” (his debut single); 1968’s “Private Number” (a duet with Judy Clay, and a top 10 hit in the UK); and 1976’s “Tryin’ To Love Two”, Bell’s only US top 40 hit, which also hit #1 on the R&B charts.

11. Barbara Jean Lee, politician, and has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing California’s 9th congressional district.

12. Terry Pendleton, former third baseman in Major League Baseball, and the current hitting coach of the Atlanta Braves.

13. Barry David Sanders, former American football running back who spent all of his professional career with the Detroit Lions in the NFL. Sanders is best known for being one of the most prolific running backs in NFL history, and left the game just short of the all-time rushing record. Sanders is widely regarded as one of the greatest running backs ever to play the game.

14. Robinne Lee, actress, She appeared in “Hotel for Dogs” with Don Cheadle and Emma Roberts and with Will Smith in “Seven Pounds.”

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