1. Thurgood Marshall, first Black Supreme Court Justice, Founded the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
2. Medgar Evers, civil rights activist from Mississippi who was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery after being assassinated by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith. Evers’ life, his murder, and the resulting trials inspired protests as well as numerous works including music and film.
3. Brock Peters, actor, best known for playing the role of Tom Robinson in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.
4. Ahmad Jamal, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, and jazz theoretician. According to Stanley Crouch, Jamal is second in importance in the development of jazz after 1945 only to Charlie Parker. For five decades, he has been one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz.
5. Paul Williams, R&B Artist, baritone singer and choreographer. Williams is noted for being one of the founding members and original lead singer of the Motown group The Temptations. Along with David Ruffin, Otis Williams (no relation), and fellow Alabamians Eddie Kendricks and Melvin Franklin.