Allen, Macon Bolling.
First African American licensed to practice law.
Only boxer ever to hold three world titles at the same time in the 1930s.
Saxophonist who championed free jazz in the 1960s.
Nigerian author and playwright who earned prestigious literary prize in 2012.
Celebrated Ghanaian-Italian soccer star.
R&B and gospel singer best known for her 1965 hit "Rescue Me."
Jamaican sprinter who set Olympic world records in 2008, 2012.
Children's book author and illustrator who draws inspiration from black culture.
Leader of independence movement for Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.
Legendary NFL running back.
Grammy-nominated rapper with a flair for inventive rhymes.
Carney, William H.
Civil War soldier who received Medal of Honor for bravery in battle.
Carter Jr., Edward A.
Army solder recognized posthumously for heroism during World War II.
Eminent jazz bassist, composer, and educator.
Vocal group of the 1950s known for hits "Love Potion No. 9" and "Blue Velvet."
Jazz singer who worked with Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands.
British pop singer-songwriter who made American debut in 2010 with Rokstarr.
Jamaican singer who popularized ska music in the 1960s.
Ballerina who overcame traumatic childhood in Sierra Leone to perform in America.
Women's rights activist and first female High Court judge in Botswana.
Duncan, Michael Clarke.
Admired actor remembered for The Green Mile.
Civil rights activist in Los Angeles and Democratic Party "fixer."
Olympic track champion and symbol of multicultural United Kingdom.
The Five Keys.
Vocal harmony group that bridged gospel and rock.
Chicago jazzman who pushed boundaries of melody and harmony.
Golden Gate Quartet.
Gospel singing group that scored hits in the 1930s and 1940s.
Grace, Sweet Daddy.
Charismatic founder of the United House of Prayer for All People.
Deposed Chadian leader accused of human rights abuses.
Veteran stage and screen actor who performed in Roots sequel.
Iconic television actor who starred in The Jeffersons.
Popular New Orleans baker-turned-actor.
Holder Jr., Eric.
U.S. attorney general under President Barack Obama.
Detroit Tigers power-hitting outfielder.
Pioneering radio host and broadcasting entrepreneur.
Former slave who chronicled experiences in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Controversial president of Gambia.
Jump blues musician known as "King of the Jukebox" in the 1940s and early 1950s.
Noteworthy Rwandan film producer.
Outstanding defensive player in the NFL.
Musical innovator and experimental jazz trombonist.
Imprisoned Congolese leader.
Scandalized New Jersey mayor.
Running back for Patriots, Jets inducted into Hall of Fame in 2012.
Fugitive slave rescued from a Boston courtroom in 1851.
English soccer star who overcame on-field collapse.
Jazz trumpeter who played swing, bebop.
South Florida rapper who debuted in 2006 with Port of Miami.
Original "Clown Prince" of basketball.
Taylor, Robert Rochon.
Prominent Chicago housing official.
Notable Ivorian business executive.
Community organizer who worked to improve troubled Watts neighborhood.
Influential UK-based jazz trumpeter.
Los Angeles AIDS activist who founded Black AIDS Institute.
Beloved Harlem restaurateur.