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1.   Mary Fields, Born a slave, grew up an orphan, never married, had no children.  lived by her wits and her strength. She traveled north to Ohio, settled in Toledo and worked for the Catholic convent. She formed a strong bond with Mother Amadeus. When the nuns moved to Montana and Mary learned of Mother Amadeus’ failing health, she went west to help out. Having nursed Mother Amadeus back to health, she decided to stay and help build the St. Peter’s mission school. She protected the nuns. Mary was a pistol-packing, hard-drinking woman, who needed nobody to fight her battles for her.  In 1895 she went to work as a  U.S. mail coach driver for the Cascade County region of central Montana. She and her mule Moses, never missed a day, and it was in this capacity that she earned her nickname of “Stagecoach”, for her unfailing reliability.

3.   Mary Eugenia Charles, Politician, former prime minister of Dominica, she became the first female lawyer on this Caribbean island. When the Dominica Labor Party attempted to limit dissent with a sedition act in 1968, Charles became involved in politics. In 1970, she was appointed to the legislature and in 1975, to the house of assembly, where she became the leader of the opposition. She co-founded the Dominica Freedom Party that helped Dominica win independence from Great Britain in 1978.

4.   Alvin Francis Poussaint, Psychiatrist and educator specializing in African American psychological and social issues. Began his career teaching at Tufts Medical School and Harvard Medical School. He was a consultant for the television series, “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World and  later an Associate Dean and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (1993).

5.   Diane Nash, Civil rights activist and one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960. Part of the first group of civil rights activists who will refuse to pay bail for protesting under the “Jail, No Bail” strategy employed in the South. She will later marry fellow civil rights activist James Bevel and take his last name as her middle name. She and her husband will receive the Rosa Parks award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965.

6.   Emmitt Smith, Hall of Fame  football running back. He was an All-American at the University of Florida before playing professionally for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, and is the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, a record formerly held by his childhood hero, Walter Payton.

 

Sommore (Lori Ann Rambough) is an actress and comedienne from Trenton, New Jersey.  Sommore has appeared on various shows including Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, Comicview, and BET’s Live from L.A. She has also had guest appearances on television sitcoms The Hughleys and The Parkers, and she has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She also roasted Flavor Flav on Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. In 2008, she appeared as one of the mob members on several episodes of the game show 1 vs. 100.  Her film appearances include 2004’s Soul PlaneA Miami TailFriday After Next, and Something New.

Sommore and fellow African American female comedians Mo’Nique, Laura Hayes, and Adele Givens were the stars on the Queens of Comedy tour, which was filmed and subsequently shown on Showtime and released on DVD.

Sommore was a winning participant on the sixth season of Celebrity Fit Club. She lost 30 pounds during the show.

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