1. Anthony Johnson, a free Black who was probably one of the first twenty settlers, received a grant of 250 acres of land in Northampton County, Va., for importing five persons. Johnson established a settlement on the banks of the Pungo teague River.
2. Alexandre Dumas, An acclaimed author of the French classics The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Corsican Brothers. Dumas wrote hundreds of plays, novels and travel diaries. He wrote several children’s stories, and a culinary dictionary. He started several magazines and wrote in them weekly. He was one of the most prolific writers ever, and did not shy away from collaborating with others or rewriting older stories.
3. Ira Frederick Aldridge, Stage actor who made his career largely on the London stage. He is the only actor of African American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
4. George Boyer Vashon, studied law under Judge Walter Forward, a prominent figure in Pennsylvania politics. After two years of reading law, Vashon applied for admission to the Allegheny County bar. His application was denied on the grounds that colored people were not citizens. This inequitable act led to Vashon’s decision to emigrate to Haiti. Before leaving the United States, Vashon went to New York to take the bar examination, which he successfully completed on January 10, 1848, thus becoming the first black lawyer in New York.
5. Charles S. Johnson, sociologist, founder of the National Urban League’s Opportunity magazine and professor and President of Fisk University, born
6. Ira Aldridge, Shakespearean actor is *believed* to have been born in Africa. Aldridge was an apprentice carpenter in Maryland, where he learned German and became interested in the theater. Aldridge played such roles as the Moorish Othello.
7. Charles Melvin (Cootie) Williams, jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter.
8. Billy Taylor, jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He is currently the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville. Since 1994, he has been the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
9. Townsend Sonny Brewster, Playwright and activist
10. Karl Malone, nicknamed in college as The Mailman for his consistency (“the mailman always delivers”) and his work in the post. Malone twice won the National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player award. He is generally considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history, and has scored the second most points (36,928) in NBA history, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
11. Barry Bonds, former Major League Baseball outfielder. Bonds played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants.  He is the son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds. He debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993, where he stayed through 2007.
12. Kadeem Hardison, Actor, He is best known for portraying college student Dwayne Wayne on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World.
13. Jennifer Lopez, often nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer.