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


1. The birth of El Yanga, He was an African abolitionist and a leader of a slave rebellion in Mexico during the early period of Spanish colonial rule.

2. Henry Plummer, a black soldier and chaplain, Saw action in many battles and was honorably discharged from the Navy after the Civil War. The next year, he went to New Orleans to find his sister, Sarah, who had been sold in 1860. He found her and returned with her. Sarah later started St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, MD.

3. Roy Milton, R&B singer, drummer and bandleader

4. Whitney M. Young, civil rights leader, former Executive Director of the National Urban League.

5. Deval Laurdine Patrick, businessman, lawyer, and politician–the first black governor of Massachusetts.

6. Stanley Jordan, Jazz fusion guitarist, best known for his development of the touch technique for playing guitar.

7. Wesley Snipes, actor, film producer, and martial artist. He has starred in numerous action-adventures, thrillers, and dramatic feature films and is well known for his role as Blade in the Blade trilogy. Snipes formed a production company titled Amen-Ra Films in 1991 and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television.

8. Andre Ware, sports analyst and commentator and a former American football player. He was the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback for the University of Houston. In the 1990 NFL Draft, Ware was the first round selection (#7 overall) of the Detroit Lions. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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