1. Isaac Burns Murphy, jockey and Horse Racing legend. He soared to victory in three Kentucky Derbies, first in 1884 aboard Buchanan, again in 1890 on Riley, and in 1891 atop Kingman. With this feat, Murphy became the first back-to-back and three-time Kentucky Derby winner! He retired in 1892 to become a horse trainer. He achieved a record 628 wins in 1,412 races during the fifteen seasons he rode.
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2. Georgia E. Patton Washington, She was the first Black woman licensed as a physician and surgeon in the state of Tennessee, and one of the first Black-American medical missionaries in Africa.
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, retired basketball player, coach, actor, and author. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar scored more points than any player in league history and won a record six MVP Awards and six NBA championships. In college at UCLA, he played on three championship teams, and his high school team won 71 consecutive games.
4. Peter Westbrook, saber fencing champion. won the U.S. national men’s saber championship 13 times (1974–’75, ’79–’86, ’88–’89, and ’95). He also called it his lucky thirteen for those times, gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1983 and 1995, silver medals in 1979 and 1987, and a bronze medal in 1975. Bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a member of 5 other Olympic teams as well. The flag bearer for the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.
5. Martin Lawrence, actor, comedian, director, and producer. He came to fame during the 1990s, establishing a Hollywood career as a leading actor. Lawrence has acted in numerous movie roles and starred in his own television series, Martin, which ran from 1992 to 1997.