1. George (little Chocolate) Dixon, was the first black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion. George was born in Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Known as “Little Chocolate”, he stood 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) tall and weighed only 87 pounds (39 kg) when he began his professional boxing career.
2. Chester Bomar Himes, writer. His works include “If He Hollers Let Him Go” and a series of Harlem Detective novels. In 1958 he won France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; two of his novels were made into feature films: Cotton Comes to Harlem directed by Ossie Davis in 1970 and A Rage in Harlem starring Gregory Hines and Danny Glover in 1991.
3. Charlie Christian, an American swing and jazz guitarist. Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and is cited as a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single-string technique combined with amplification helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument.
4. Flo Hyman, She was an African American athlete specializing in volleyball.