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Langston Hughes
Sterling Brown
Roland Hayes William (Count) Basie Don Q. Pullen
Moses Gunn
Charles Byrd
William H. (Bill) Cosby Steve Harvey
Tom Joyner
Wanya Morris
Maxwell Leonard Roach
Rickey Smiley Joe Torey
Grant Reynolds
James Nabrit
Wiley Branton
Roy Wilkins Benjamin Hooks
The Black Poet laureate, excelled as a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist, and humorist.
Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Howard University, has a special foundation for folk culture and jazz music.
Internationally known tenor of the 1920s. Hayes sang in five different languages.
Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader.
Pianist and composer; composed the “Sweetheart Song” of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Actor of stage and screen. Actor
TV, Film, Comedian
TV, Comedian
Radio host
Singer – Boyz II Men Jazz musician
TV, Comedian TV, Comedian
Played a major role in President Truman’s 1948 decision to desegregate the United States Armed Forces.
Former Dean of the Howard University Law School and former president of Howard University. A leader in the training of the early civil rights lawyers.
Attorney for the “Little Rock Nine” and former Dean of the Howard University School of Law.
Long-time Executive Director of the NAACP.
Succeeded Roy Wilkins as Executive Director of the NAACP. Hooks retired in 1992.

Vernon Jordan Jesse Jackson
Fred Gray
Carter G. Woodson Benjamin Mayes Herman Dreer
Noted attorney and former Executive Director of the National Urban League.
Former Director of Operation P.U.S.H.; Founder, National Rainbow Coalition.
Attorney for Rosa Parks and the Montgomery, AL Improvement Association.
The earliest and most outspoken proponent for the study of Black History. President Emeritus of Morehouse College, writer and lecturer
Teacher, minister, writer, and author of the History of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 1911-1961.
William Hastie
George L. P. Weaver Robert C. Weaver Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. Jesse Jackson
Lawrence Douglas Wilder Thurbert Baker
Bill Campbell
James Clyburn
J. Gary Cooper
Roscoe Robinson Matthew Zimmerman Togo West
Gerald Lewis James, II Dr. Bernard Kincaid Ronald Langston
First Governor of the Virgin Islands.
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Secretary, Department of the Army.
Candidate for the United States Presidency in 1984.
Former Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Georgia Attorney General.
Former mayor, Atlanta, GA.
U.S. Congressman from South Carolina – U.S. House of Representatives.
U.S.A. Ambassador to Jamaica.
First Black four-star general – U.S. Army.
Former Chief of Chaplains – U.S. Army.
Former Secretary of the Army.
Lt. Governor, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mayor, City of Birmingham, AL.
National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce.

James Sharpe Paul Stephenson Robert Weaver Kweisi Mfume
Ernest E. Just Charles R. Drew
Percy L. Julian Ron McNair Frederick Gregory
Charles Bolden
Dr. Warren Jones Dr. David Satcher
Clifford L. Alexander Jr. Joe Ballard
James E. Donald Ernest Harrell
James H. Monroe William Russ
Abe Turner
Kip Ward
Mayor, Newark, NJ.
Mayor of Willingboro, NJ.
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Former Congressman and President of the NAACP
Internally known biological and professor at Howard University.
Perfected the use of blood plasma; Professor of Surgery at Howard University.
Discovered the use of foam to extinguish fires and discovered a method of producing cortisone synthetically.
Astronaut, graduate of North Carolina A&T University, graduate of MIT, Ph.D.
Astronaut, graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (pilot), Commander of two Space Shuttle Missions (Space Shuttle Discovery and Space Shuttle Atlantis), nephew of Dr. Charles Drew.
Astronaut, graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Administrator of NASA, Commander of two Space Shuttle missions (Space Shuttle Atlantis and Space Shuttle Discovery).
President, American Academy of Family Physicians. Former Surgeon General of the United States of America.
Former Secretary of the Army. Lt. General, U.S. Army (Ret) Major General, U.S. Army
Major General, U.S. Army (Ret) Major General, U.S. Army (Ret). Major General, U.S. Army
Brig. General, U.S. Army Lt. General, U.S. Army

Togo West Former Secretary of the Army.
Gillard S. Glover Nathaniel Bonner Albert Byrd
Gregory Calhoun Vergis Colbert Howard Dawson, Jr. Thomas Dortch
Jim Elam
Tony Grant
Joseph W. Goodloe Dr. Ronald Goldsberry Earl S. Graves, Sr. Jesse Hill
Robert Holmes William J. Kennedy III Byron Lewis
Edward Lewis Therman McKenzie T.C. Newman
Otis Smith
Isaiah Tidwell
Dave Moss
Former President of Afro-American Life Insurance Former co-owner of Bonner Brothers Beauty Supplies Vice-President, Xerox Corporation
Calhoun Enterprises
Executive Vice-President of Operations, Miller Brewing Co.
Dawson Management Company
National Chairman, 100 Black Men of America
President, Bellmount Park Laboratory; President, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Credit Union
Bank of America
Former President, N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. Vice-President, Ford Motor Company
CEO, Black Enterprise Magazine
Former President, Atlanta Life Insurance Co. Vice-President, Alabama Power Co.
Former President, N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co. CEO, Uniworld Group, Inc.
CEO, Essence Communications, Inc.
CEO, McKenzie Chemical
Owner, Mill Cove Golf Club
General Counsel, General Motors Corp. President, Wachovia Bank of Georgia Entrepreneur

DeHart Hubbard
Joe Black Jabril Peppers
A University of Michigan sprinter; was the first Black person to represent the United States in the Olympic Games (1924)
An all-time great Brooklyn Dodger baseball pitcher. In 1952, he had the lowest earned run average in the major leagues.
A University of Michigan football player and 2016 Heisman Trophy Finalist
Ray Armstead, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Erich Barnes, NFL
Eric Bienemy, NFL
Clifton Blanchett, Pro Bass Fisherman Zach Crockett, NFL
Michael Charles, NFL
David Coleman, NFL Official Johnny Davis, NFL
Tony Delk, NBA
Ken Dollar, NFL Official
Mark Duper, NFL
Greg Favors, NBA
William Floyd, NFL
Irving Fryar, NFL
Randy Fuller, NFL
William Fuller, NFL
Keith Jackson, NFL
Ed “Too Tall” Jones, NFL Michael Jordan, NBA
David Justice, MLB
Kevin Mack, NFL Official Martin Mayhew, NFL
Cedric Maxwell, NBA
Raleigh McKenzie, NFL Reggie McKenzie, NFL
Steve McNair, NFL
Alonzo Mourning, NBA
Ozzie Newsom, NFL Executive Shaquille O’Neal, NBA
Robert Pourche, NFL
Greg Pruitt, NFL
Ahmad Rashad, NFL, TV
Dr. Sanford Rivers, NFL Official Eddie Robinson, NFL
Alvin Robertson, NBA
John Sallay, NBA, TV
Al Smith, NFL
Ryan Stewart, NFL
Andre Tippett, NFL
Terrance Trammell, U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Elston Turner, NBA Assistant Coach
Shammond Williams, NBA
Corliss Williamson, NBA
Charlie Ward, Jr., NBA
Matthew “Matt” Snell, NFL
Maurice “Mo” Vaughn, MLB
Dr. Leroy T. Walker, Former President of the U.S. Olympic Comm. Ray Lewis, NFL
Dominique Wilkins, NBA
Billy Hunter, Executive Director, NBA Players Association Michael Conley, Sports Agent
Stephen A. Smith, Sports Reporter, TV Personality, & Host

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