1. John Roy Lynch, Army Officer, Lawyer and Politician. Born into slavery near Vidalia, La. Lynch would be among the first group of blacks to serve in the United States Congress after slavery was abolished. He represented the state of Mississippi. Lynch would even serve as temporary chairman of the Republican Party National Convention. During this period, the Republicans were the more progressive and open-to-blacks party. As the period of Reconstruction faded and Southern politicians made it virtually impossible for blacks to remain in political office, Lynch moved to Chicago and practiced law.
2. Jamer Roy Brown, Singer and Pianist, pioneering Rhythm & Blues singer, songwriter and musician who had a primary influence on the early development of rock & roll music. Brown sang R&B tunes with a gospel feel, the first blues singer to do so. Although many historians and fans consider Clyde McPhatter the main singer to infuse the gospel sound into R&B, Brown started the trend of combining the church sound into R&B. The “call and response” and shouting gospel style was limited to the church prior to Brown’s arrival to the music scene. After Brown’s debut, it became the standard. His seminal “Good Rocking Tonight” was covered by many. In addition, his melismatical pleading, gospel-steeped delivery impacted the vocal styles of B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Jackie Wilson and Little Richard, among others. His role as a crucial link between postwar R&B and rock’s initial rise is severely underappreciated by the masses.
3. Roy Ayers, funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player. Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records, before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk . You may remember the Disco Hit “Freaky Deaky”
4. Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is an Rapp Artist who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap group the Juice Crew. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential and skilled MC’s in Hip Hop