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


1. Ann Plato, was the second woman of color to publish a book in America and the first to publish a book of essays and poems.

2. Robert Brown Elliott, Member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina

3. John Rosamond Johnson, with Bob Cole, of the famous vaudeville team Cole & Johnson. Best remembered as a composer who, with his brother James Weldon Johnson providing the lyrics, will write “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

4. Sam Collins, Blues Artist and guitarist, sometimes known as Crying Sam Collins, His best known recording was “The Jail House Blues”

5. Alex Haley, Writer, award-winning author (Roots won Pulitzer Prize/Malcolm X Bio.)

6. Carl T. Rowan, Commissioned as a naval officer in WWII

7. Otis Taylor, college and professional American football player, for Prairie View A&M University and the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 215 pounds, Taylor possessed sure hands and served as a devastating upfield blocker, springing Chiefs running backs for many long runs.

8. Yusef Komunyakaa, Poet who currently teaches at New York University and is a famous member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular”[1] and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

9. Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Actor,He is best known for his supporting roles in The Return of the Living Dead and Life and a leading role in Juwanna Mann.

10. Chris Kelly of Rapp Group KrisKros (Jump)

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