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


1. Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley, was an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer.

2. Theodore Roosevelt “Double Duty” Radcliffe, Played for the Negro League, was, until his death, thought to be the oldest living professional baseball player

3. Helen Johnson, poet during the Harlem Renaissance.

4. Leroy “Satchel” Paige, Pitcher, in Negro league and the National League Baseball. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1971.

5. Joe Willie (Pinetop) Perkins, Blues musician. Perkins, whose specialty is the piano, currently shares the distinction with one of his lifelong friends, David Honeyboy Edwards, as being the eldest living Delta blues performers who continue to tour and perform from the past century. He has played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history.

6. Margaret Walker Alexander, Poetess (For My People in 1942/Jubilee 1966)

7. Ezzard Mack Charles, professional boxer and former world heavyweight champion. He holds wins over numerous Hall of Fame fighters in three different weight classes. Charles retired with a record of 93 wins, 25 losses and 1 draw.

8. Hank Mobley, jazz saxophonist.

9. Vernard R. Gray, A pioneer in the Black Arts Movement. Began in the 1960’s photo/video documenting African American culture in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and around the world. Founded the Miya Gallery in downtown DC in 1976, introducing the community to various manifestations of African culture over twenty-five years and from 1996 will serve as an Internet developer for many artists, small businesses and non-profit organizations at http://www.connectdc.com.

10. Fern Logan, produced a remarkable series of photographs in her book The Artist Portrait Series-Images of Contemporary African-American Artists. Some of those who have posed for Fern are famous: Maya Angelou, Gordon Parks, Alvin Ailey, Ed Bradley and Arthur Ashe. All of her portraits document the emergence of the African-American artist into mainstream American art. Each rich duotone portrait is accompanied by Logan’s commentary on the artist.

11. Ralph Lee Sampson, Jr., retired American college and professional basketball player. A 7-foot-4 phenom, three-time College Player of the Year, and No. 1 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, Sampson brought heavy expectations with him to the NBA.

12. Karen Malina White, film and television actress. She played the role of Charmaine Brown on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and its spinoff series A Different World.

13. Cree Summer “Cree Summer Francks“, actress, musician and voice actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as college student Winifred “Freddie” Brooks on the NBC sitcom A Different World. As a voice actress Summers is best known for voicing Penny in Inspector Gadget during Season 1, Elmyra Duff in Tiny Toon Adventures, Susie Carmichael on Rugrats.

14. Lisa Leslie, retired American professional women’s basketball player in the WNBA. She is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner.

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