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

1. James Presley Ball, Abolitionist, free Black man, photographer and businessman.

2. Queen Mother Audley Moore, Founder/Universal Association/Ethiopian Women

3. Isaac L. “Banjo Ikey” Robinson, banjoist and vocalist. played and recorded with Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, and Jabbo Smith during 1928-1929.

4. Chester Himes, writer whose novels and autobiographies explore the absurdity of racism.

5. Junior Kimbrough, bluesman from Mississippi. His best known work included “Keep Your Hands Off Her” and “All Night Long”.

6. Evelyn Dilworth-Williams, poet, teacher, author, and motivational speaker.

7. Vida Rochelle Blue Jr., is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher. In a 17-year career, he played for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals.

8. Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Ramone Way Rapp Artist and record producer.

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