1. Frank Snowden, The foremost scholar on blacks in ancient history, notably for his books “Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience” and “Before Color Prejudice: The Ancient View of Blacks”.
2. Harrison D. Nelson (Peppermint Harris), rhythm and blues singer and guitarist. Originally from Texarkana, Texas, he first recorded in Houston, as Peppermint Nelson, in the late 1940s, accompanied by his friend Lightnin’ Hopkins. He then made further recordings including “Raining In My Heart” for a record label run by Bob Shad, who allegedly forgot Nelson’s name and released them as by Peppermint Harris.
3. Jimmy Scott, aka “Little” Jimmy Scott, is an American jazz vocalist. Scott has Kallmann’s syndrome, a genetic condition. The condition stunted his growth at four feet eleven inches until, at age 37, he grew another 8 inches to the height of five foot seven inches. The condition prevented him from reaching puberty, leaving him with a high, undeveloped voice in the contralto range, hence his nickname “Little” Jimmy Scott.
4. Diahann Carroll, actress and singer. She was born in the Bronx, New York, and first appeared on stage in “Carmen Jones” (1954) and “Porgy and Bess” (1957). She also played in two successful TV series, as the working-mother title character on “Julia” (1968–71). She was the first black American actress to star in her own sitcom, and was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in “Claudine” (1974). Carroll landed the role of Norma Desmond in the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard,” and won a Tony award for the 1962 musical “No Strings” that was tailored especially for her by Richard Rogers.