1. Henry McNeal Turner, He served as Vice-president of the African Colonization Society in 1877. He founded the Southern Christian Recorder and the Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society. He is credited with bringing the South African Conference into the Connection. In addition to being an author and orator, Henry McNeal Turner also served as a member of the Georgia Legislature.
2. James P. Johnson, pianist and composer. A pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano, he was a model for Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum and Fats Waller. Johnson composed many hit tunes including “Charleston” and “Carolina Shout” and remained the acknowledged king of New York jazz pianists
3. Langston Hughes, One of the most famous poets from the Harlem Renaissance, the early stages of the Black Arts Movement. Was well known in the streets of Harlem, making him one of the greatest poets of all time. He wrote fifteen collections of poetry, two autobiographies, and seven collections of short stories, as well as other juvenile books and translations. Among the many he did were The Poetry of the Negro, and Weary Blues.
4. Garrett Morris, Actor/Comedian (Saturday Night Live/Martin)