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

1. Robert Purvis, abolitionist, first board of managers of the American Anti-Slavery Society.

2. Louis Daniel Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was a jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

3. Robert Hayden, poet, essayist, educator. He was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976.

4. Mayme Agnew Clayton, Librarian, researcher and historian, and the Founder, President & Spiritual Leader of the Western States Black Research and Education Center (WSBREC), the largest privately held collection of African-American historical materials in the world. The collection represents the core holdings of the Mayme A. Clayton Library Museum and Cultural Center (MCL) located in Culver City, California.

5. Barack Obama, Father, Husband, Professor, Lawyer, Author, Politician, Senator, Nobel prize Winner, First Black President Of the United States Of America.

6. Keith Maurice Ellison, Lawyer, politician, and a Democrat. He became the first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress when he won the open seat for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, which centers on Minneapolis, in the House of Representatives in 2006. He is also the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota, currently serving in the 111th United States Congress. Ellison is also active on a national level in advocacy for Muslims in the United States.

7. Marques Houston, Rapp Artist/Actor

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