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

1. John Adams Hyman, was a Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina from 1875 to 1877.

2. Louis Tompkins Wright, surgeon noted for his work in Harlem. The Spingarn Medallist played a major role in investigating the use of Aureomycin as a treatment on humans.

3. Haile Selassie I, born Tafari Makonnen, was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history.

4. Norman Wilfred Lewis, an award-winning painter, scholar, and teacher. He is associated with Abstract Expressionism.

5. Steve Lacy, born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City, was a jazz saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. Coming to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive Dixieland musician, Lacy went on to a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and dabbled in free improvisation, but Lacy’s music was typically melodic and tightly-structured.

6. Cleve Duncan, The penguins lead singer

7. Eric La Salle, actor and director, known for his portrayals of Darryl in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America and Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC drama series ER.

8. Gary Dwayne Payton, nicknamed “The Glove” for his tenacious defense, is a professional basketball player. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the last with whom he won his only NBA Championship.

9. Marlon Wayons, actor, producer, comedian, writer, and director of movies, beginning with his role as a pedestrian in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988. He teamed with his brother, Shawn, in Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks, Little Man, and the dance parody film Dance Flick. However, Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, which saw his departure from the usual comedies. He recently appeared in G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

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