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


1. Sarah Mapps Douglass, Educator and abolitionist.

2. Robert “Bob” Beamon, former track and field athlete, best known for his long-standing world record in the long jump at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, which remained the world record for 23 years. This is the second longest holding of this record, as Jesse Owens held the record for 25 years, 1935-1960.

3. Joseph Bass, teacher, businessman and newspaper editor.

4. Walter Travis Price, singer and pianist.  Though he never had a national hit, he is often referred to as a blues legend.

5. James Baldwin, one of the most prolific and influential African American authors of fiction (“Go Tell it on the Mountain”, “Another Country”, “Giovanni’s Room”), drama (“Blues for Mr. Charlie”, “Amen Corner”), and essay collections (“Notes of a Native Son”, “The Fire Next Time”).

6. Philippa Duke Schuyler, child prodigy and pianist who became famous in the 1930s and 1940s as a result of her talent

7. Homer Banks, songwriter, singer and record producer, best known for his songs for Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s

8. Jewell Jackson McCabe founded the National Coalition of 100 Black Women as a leadership forum to engage professional black women in a network to meet their career needs and the needs of their communities and to facilitate their access to mainstream America.

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