1. William Horace Marshall, an American actor, director, and opera singer. He is best known for his title role in the 1972 classic Blacula and its sequel Scream Blacula Scream (1973), and as the “King of Cartoons” on the 1980s television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse beginning with its second season, and an appearance on the original Star Trek television series. He had a commanding height of 6 ft 5 in as well as a deep bass voice.
2. Earl Gaines, an American soul blues and electric blues singer. Born in Decatur, Alabama, he sang lead vocals on the hit single “It’s Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)”, accredited to Louis Brooks and his Hi-Toppers, before undertaking a low-key solo career. In the latter capacity he had minor success with “The Best of Luck to You” (1966) and “Hymn Number 5” (1973). Noted as the best R&B singer from Nashville, Gaines was also known for his lengthy career.
3. Johnny Nash, is an American pop singer-songwriter, best known in the US for his 1972 hit, “I Can See Clearly Now”. He was also the first non-Jamaican to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica. Born John Lester Nash, Jr. in Houston, Texas, He began as a pop singer in the 1950s. He also enjoyed success as an actor early in his career appearing in the screen version ofplaywright Louis S. Peterson’s Take a Giant Step. Nash won a Silver Sail Award for his performance from the Locarno International Film Festival.
4. Charles F. Bolden, is the current Administrator of NASA, a retired United States Marine Corps major general, and former NASA astronaut.
A 1968 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he became a Marine Aviator and test pilot. After his service as an astronaut, he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. On May 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator, and Lori Garver as Deputy NASA Administrator. Bolden was confirmed by the Senate on July 15, 2009. He is the first African American to head the agency on a permanent basis.
Bolden is also the virtual host of the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction at Kennedy Space Center and serves on the board of directors for the Military Child Education Coalition.
5. Ricky Pierce, A retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He graduated from Garland High School and from Rice University. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 1982 NBA Draft. However, he found his most career success after he was traded by the San Diego Clippers before the 1984-85 season along with Terry Cummings to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Pierce won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for 1986–87 by averaging his 19.5 points in his third season with the Bucks. He earned the same award again three seasons later, averaging 23.0 points without starting a single game (an NBA record) in 1989–90. In the week preceding the 1991 trade deadline, the Bucks traded Pierce to the Seattle SuperSonics for Dale Ellis.
Pierce became a regular starter in 1991–92, his first full season with the Sonics. He made 75 consecutive free throws through several games in November–December of 1991, the second-longest such streak at that time. In 1993, Pierce and teammates Gary Payton andShawn Kemp led the Sonics to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
He retired after the 1997–98 season in his second stint with the Bucks. He also once had a playing stint in the Greek league with AEK Athens in the beginning of his last active season as a player.