1. Cecil Newman, civic leader and prominent businessman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He founded the Twin Cities Herald about 1927 and published the Timely Digest in 1932. In 1934 Newman became editor and publisher of the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder and in 1948 became the president of the Minneapolis Urban League.
2. Johnny Hodges, alto saxophonist, best known for his solo work with Duke Ellington’s big band. He played lead alto in the saxophone section for many years, except the period between 1932 – 1946 when Otto Hardwick generally played first chair. Hodges was also featured on soprano saxophone, but refused to play soprano after 1946, when he also got the task of playing the lead chair.
3. Woodrow Wilson Woolwine “Woody” Strode, a decathlete and football star who went on to become a pioneering African-American film actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role in Spartacus in 1960. He served in the US Army during World War II.
4. Emmett Louis “Bobo” Till, from Chicago, Illinois, who was murdered at the age of 14 in Money, Mississippi, a small town in the state’s Delta region, after reportedly whistling at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, at a small grocery store where Emmett and his cousins had bought some candy. Bryant was the wife of the store owner, Roy Bryant.
5. Nathaniel “Nate” Thurmond, retired American basketball player, feared and praised by legends including Bob Pettit, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain. His nickname during his playing years was “Nate the Great”.
6. Angela Jackson, a poet, playwright and writer.. Her years on Northwestern campus the ’60s and ’70s inspired her to write her first novel, “Where I Must Go.”
7. Walter Payton, football player who spent his entire professional career with the National Football League’s Chicago Bears. Walter Payton was known around the NFL as “Sweetness”. He is remembered as one of the most prolific running backs in the history of American football. Payton, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, once held the League’s record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, and many other categories. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
8. Iman, born Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, Model/Actress (from Somalia), A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her charitable work.
9. Cheyenne Nicole Woods, is an amateur golfer. Woods was born in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a daughter of Earl Dennison Woods Jr., golfer Tiger Woods’s older brother. Her grandfather, Earl Woods Sr., was her first coach. She played for the Xavier College Preparatory golf team and won back-to-back Arizona 5A State Championships in 2006 and 2007. She currently attends Wake Forest University and plays golf for the Demon Deacons. She has won more than 30 amateur tournaments.