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

1. Janie Porter Barrett, Social reformer, educator and welfare worker. She established the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls, a pioneering rehabilitation center for African American female delinquents. She was also the founder of the Virginia State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs2. Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone, Businesswoman, inventor and philanthropist who, in the first three decades of the 20th century, built a large and prominent commercial and educational enterprise centered around cosmetics for African-American women and, subsequently, training and poise for both genders.

3. Richard Benjamin Moore, Civil rights activist. The racism Moore encountered prompted him to a life of activism. In 1915, he founded and was treasurer of the Pioneer Cooperative Society, a grocery store that featured West Indian products. Moore was self-educated and began to collect an extensive library of literature.

4. Robert Nelson Cornelius (N. C.) Nix, Sr., Representative, 1958–1979, Democrat from Pennsylvania, An elected official who rarely wanted or attracted widespread publicity, he supported much liberal legislation. He worked for passage of the landmark civil rights legislation of the 1960s and privately sought to prevent the House from denying Rep. Adam Clayton Powell his seat in the Ninetieth Congress.

5. Robert Shaw, Blues and boogie-woogie pianist, best known for his 1963 album, The Ma Grinder.

6. Willa B. Player, The first African-American woman to become president of a four-year college in the United States, was a quiet but crucial contributor to the struggle for civil rights in the South.

7. Anne Wiggins Brown, singer and entertainer. soprano who created the role of “Bess” in the original production of George Gershwin’s folk opera Porgy and Bess in 1935. She was also a radio and concert singer. She settled in Norway in her 30s and later became a Norwegian citizen.

8. Jack DeJohnette- Jazz drummer

9. Kenneth Howard Norton Sr., former WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World. He is best known for his 12-round split-decision victory over all-time great Muhammad Ali, on March 31, 1973

10. Barbara Mason- Songstress (Give Me Your Love, I’m Ready, Shakin’ Up)

11. Douglas Lee “Doug” Williams, a former football quarterback. Williams is best known for his MVP performance in Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins. He is, to date, the only African-American to win a Super Bowl as starting quarterback.

12. Kurtis Blow (Kurt Walker)- Rapper (The Breaks/Basketball)

13. Whitney Houston, R&B/pop singer, actress, and former fashion model. A relative of several prominent soul singers, including her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing at her New Jersey church as a member of a junior gospel choir at age eleven.[1] After she began performing alongside her mother at night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis.

14. Deion Luwynn Sanders, former National Football League cornerback, Major League Baseball outfielder, and is currently an NFL Network commentator. He carries the nicknames “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion”.

15. Karyn Parsons, Actress, Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

16. Dedrick Rolison, Rapp Artist and actor best known by his stage name Mack 10. He was a member of the hip hop trio known as the Westside Connection, along with Ice Cube and WC.

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