Robert Sengstacke Abbot,  
Chicago Defender founder/publisher 
W.E.B. DuBois, educator/author/historian 
Medger Wiley Evers, 
civil rights leader 
Richard Allen, founder/first bishop of the A.M.E. Church 
Thomas Bradley, mayor of
Los Angeles, California 
Louis "Louie" Armstrong, 
jazz musician 
William C. Handy, composer 
William "Count" Basie, orchestra leader/composer 
Benjamin Banneker, designed the nation's capital; inventor; astronomer 
James Herbert "Eubie" Blake, composer, pianist  
Ralph H. Metcalfe, 
Olympic champion 
 Nathaniel "Nat King" Cole, singer 
William C. Handy, composer 
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, orchestra leader/composer 
James Forten, abolitionist/manufacturer 
Augustus F. Hawkins, U.S. Congressman, CA 
Lionel Hampton, orchestra leader/composer 
Alex Haley, author 
Matthew Henson, explorer 
 Timothy Thomas Fortune, journalist 
Richard D. Gidron, president, Dick Gidron Cadillac 
Daniel "Chappie" James, general, U.S. Air Force 
Benjamin L. Hooks, Former Exec. Director, NAACP 
 Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights leader
Penny Hardaway, professional basketball player 
Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court 
John H. Johnson, publisher, 
EBONY and Jet magazines 
Benjamin Mays, educator/former president, Atlanta Univ 
Dr. Ernest Everett Just, biologist, a founder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc 
Egbert Austin "Bert" Williams, actor/comedian 
Louis Stokes, U.S. 
Congressman, Ohio 
Scottie Pippen, professional athlete, Chicago Bulls 
Charles B. Rangel, U.S. Congressman, NY 
Sugar Ray Robinson, mid/light heavyweight boxing champion 
Carl B. Stokes, first Black elected mayor, Cleveland, OH 
 A. Phillip Randolph, founder/first president, International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters 
Booker T. Washington, educator/founder Tuskegee Institute\ 
Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, GA
Bishop Desmond Tutu 
Harry A. Williamson, author/Masonic historian 
Kweisi Mfume
president of NAACP

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