Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery and returned to the South repeatedly to lead other African slaves to freedom.
Originally named Araminta, or “Minty,” Harriet Ross was born on Maryland’s eastern shore. In 1844, she married John Tubman, a free Black man. Resolved to escape the horrible conditions of slavery, she tried to convince her husband to join her but he refused. She fled without him, until coming to Pennsylvania, a free state. In 1850, she made her first secret trip to Baltimore, where she rescued her enslaved sister and her two children. Tubman soon became allied with activists of the Underground Railroad.
2. Oprah Winfrey, First Black female National Talk Show Host, Actress, movie maker, made television history with her talk show “Oprah”. She is known for her philanthropic efforts as well as for being one of the richest persons in the country.
3. John Tate, heavyweight boxer, won the vacant World Boxing Association title in 1979 from South African Gerrie Coetzee.
4. Stacey King, former NBA center who won three consecutive championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1991 to 1993.
After a stand-out career at the University of Oklahoma, King was selected by the Bulls in the 1989 NBA Draft with the sixth pick. He was one of three first round picks by the Bulls in that draft (the other two were B.J. Armstrong and Jeff Sanders). He played four and a half seasons in Chicago before being traded during the 1993-94 campaign to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for 7’2″ Australian-born center Luc Longley. He was last active during the 1996-97 season while playing a handful of games for both the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics.
King is currently working as a color commentator for Chicago Bulls television broadcasts on CSN and WGN