Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.


1. Joseph Haynes Rainey, The first African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he will serve five terms.

2. Henry Ossawa Tanner, artist, His most noteable painting “The Banjo Lesson” was painted in 1893.

3. John Hope, A pioneer in the field of education, The first African American president of Atlanta Baptist (later Morehouse) College in 1906. Hope, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, encourages an intellectual climate comparable to what he had known at his alma mater and openly challenges Booker T. Washington’s view that education for African Americans should emphasize vocational and agricultural skills.

4. Carl B. Stokes, Former Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio

5. O.C. Smith, musician. His recording of “Little Green Apples”, which went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, also sold over one million records.

6. Mitty Collier, best known for her sensual orchestrated ballad “I Had a Talk with My Man,” a 1964 Chess single, which ironically wasn’t her highest-charting single. A later single, “Sharing You,” was a Top Ten R&B hit.

7. Brenda Holloway, singer and songwriter, a recording artist for the Motown label during the 1960s. Her best-known recordings are the soul hits, “Every Little Bit Hurts” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” The latter was later widely popularized when it became a Top Ten hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears

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