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The Arts

  • William (Count) Basie – Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader.

  • Sterling Brown – Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Howard University, has a special foundation for folk culture and jazz music.

  • Steve Harvey – Comedian and actor.

  • Roland Hayes – Internationally known tenor of the 1920’s; sang in five different languages.

  • Langston Hughes – The Black poet laureate, excelled as a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist, and humorist

  • Tom Joyner – Radio show host.

  • Max Roach – Internationally known drummer

  • Rickey Smiley – Comedian and actor.

  • Joe Torry – Comedian, author, actor, and producer

  • William DeHart Hubbard – University of Michigan sprinter; first black person to represent the United States in the Olympic Games in 1924.

  • Ed “Too Tall” Jones – Former Outstanding player with the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Michael Jordan – Outstanding former player with the Chicago Bulls.

  • Mo Vaughn – Former outstanding baseball player with the Boston Red Sox.

  • Steve McNair – Outstanding former NFL player with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.

  • Vince Carter – 8-time All-Star. 2-time All-NBA guard.

  • Mark Duper – 3 time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro former wide receiver with Miami Dolphins.

  • Shaquille O’Neal - Star center and 14 time NBA All-star. He is 3 time NBA Final MVP and 2000 NBA MVP.

  • Charlie Ward – 1993 Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA guard


Joe Black     Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines     Dr. Edwin Bancroft (E.B.) Henderson 

Keith Jackson     Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell     Shaquille O’Neal 

Brice Taylor     Terrence Trammell     Charlie Ward      Jerry Ball 

Dr. Robert “Whirlwind” Johnson 

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  • Jessie Hill – President of Atlanta Life Insurance Company.

  • Earl Graves – Chairman and CEO of Black Enterprise Magazine.

  • Therman McKenzie – Former Co-Owner of M & M Products (Sta Soft Fro).

  • Nathaniel Bronner – Co-Owner of Bronner Brothers Beauty.

  • Byron E. Lewis, Sr. – Founder and Chairman Emeritus, UniWorld Group, Inc. Now in its 44th year of a successful business operation, UniWorld is the nation’s oldest surviving multicultural advertising company.

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Grant Reynolds     Ernest Green     

Wiley Branton 

Civil Rights

  • James Nabrit – 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.

  • Roy Wilkins – Long-time Executive Director of the NAACP.

  • Jesse Jackson- Former Director of Operation PUSH; Founder, National Rainbow Coalition.

  • Vernon Jordan – Noted Attorney and Former Executive Director of the National Urban League.

  • Benjamin Hooks – Succeeded Roy Wilkins as Executive Director of the NAACP, the most effective of all civil rights organizations.

  • Oliver Hill – Civil Rights attorney whose work against racial discrimination helped end the doctrine of “separate but equal”. 1999 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

  • Bayard Rustin –  Civil rights organizer and activist and leader for Social movements. He organized the Freedom Rides and served as an organizer for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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