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

1. Lemuel Haynes, first Black to serve as minister to a White congregation.

2. Fannie Norton Smith Washington, She was an educator and activist. married Booker T. Washington in 1880 and joined the faculty of Tuskegee Institute immediately, broadening the curriculum for Tuskegee girls and developing a home economics program.

3. Stephen Gill Spottswood, He was a religious leader, and a civil and human rights activist. As head of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, he became the center of a political storm in 1971 when he publicly chastised the Nixon administration for its treatment of blacks. Although under extreme pressure from the administration, he refused to retract his statement.

4. Nelson Mandela, He is a South African activist, spent 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid.  The Main Figure and leader who helped end apartheid, the first black president of South Africa, and a winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

5. Jalacy Hawkins best known as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was a musician, singer, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as “I Put a Spell on You” and “Constipation Blues”, Hawkins sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him the one of few original shock rockers.

6. Martha Reeves, R&B and soul singer and former politician, and was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. During her tenure with The Vandellas, they scored over a dozen hit singles, including “Jimmy Mack”, “Dancing in the Street” and “Nowhere to Run”. From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected councilwoman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.

7. Calvin Peete, golfer. He was the most successful African-American on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, before the emergence of Tiger Woods.

8. Anne-Marie Johnson, Actress, Impressionist, (what’s happening/In Living Color), starred in film and television. She is perhaps best known for her role as high school educator Althea Tibbs on the NBC/CBS television drama In the Heat of the Night. Anne-Marie is the current First Vice-President of the Screen Actor’s Guild.

9. Vin Diesel, actor, writer, director and producer. He became known in the early 2000s, appearing in several successful Hollywood films, including The Fast and the Furious and XXX. He founded the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios and Racetrack Records.

10. Anfernee Hardaway, former American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), specializing as a small forward, shooting guard, and point guard. His most productive years came in his days as a member of the Orlando Magic as well as the early portion of his stint with the Phoenix Suns. Hardaway was an all-NBA player early in his career, but was plagued by constant injuries which gradually reduced his effectiveness. He last played for the Miami Heat, who released him December 12, 2007.

11. Jason Weaver, also known by his stage name J-Weav, is an American actor and singer. He is perhaps best known for his television roles as a pre-teenage Michael Jackson in the Emmy Award-winning 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, and as high school student Marcus Henderson on the WB sitcom Smart Guy.

12. Wendy Joan Williams , Media personality and New York Times bestselling author. She calls herself the “Queen Of All Media” and hosts her own syndicated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show.[1] Williams has gained notoriety for her on-air spats with celebrities. Williams was a contestant on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars. She was eliminated on April 5, 2011.

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