President of Eritrea.
Prolific poet and dedicated literacy advocate.
Outspoken civil rights lawyer and professor.
Distinguished civil rights advocate and first black law professor to gain tenure at Harvard.
Soulful vocalist and songwriter who won acclaim on TV's X Factor.
Unifying politician who became the first black mayor of Columbia, SC.
Seminal rock-and-roll songwriter.
Washington, DC-based rap artist and video director.
Imposing actor known for television and theater roles.
Butler, Selena Sloan.
Influentional advocate who founded parent-teacher organizations.
Trail-blazing music producer and manager.
Puerto Rican Hall-of-Fame baseball star of the 1960s.
Star basketball player and coach.
Award-winning journalist and author of successful relationship books.
Iconic Chicago rapper who transitioned to acting and writing.
Early advocate of the pan-African and black-nationalism movements.
Hall-of-Fame football player.
Acclaimed independent filmmaker.
Earth, Wind & Fire.
Enduring pop music collective.
Prize-winning Canadian novelist.
Celebrated modern dance innovator.
Frazer, Victor O.
Washington insider who represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in Congress.
Heavyweight boxing great who died in 2011.
Talented NBA All-Star playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Respected basketball player and coach.
Good-natured rapper, producer, and actor.
Intense actor and community activist.
Holmes, T. J.
Charismatic television journalist.
Former All-Pro defense lineman.
Haitian dancer who earned recognition on So You Think You Can Dance.
Soulful R&B singer featured on Kanye West's "All Falls Down".
Skilled Major League Baseball hitter and center fielder.
Renowned Broadway stage director.
Controversial president of the African National Congress Youth League.
Rising singer-songwriter with a genre-blending sound.
Defining voices of Philadelphia soul.
Passionate educator championing underprivileged students.
Plinton Jr., James O.
Tuskegee flight instructor who became the first black executive for a major U.S. airline.
Politically and socially influential and acclaimed rap group.
Revels, Hiram Rhoades.
First African-American senator and member of Congress.
Record-breaking track and field star.
Talented scholar, athlete, and philanthropist.
Precocious child star turned grown-up rapper and entrepreneur.
Former Portland Trail Blazers guard.
Pivotal civil rights figure who cofounded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Stewart Jr., James.
Prolific motorcycle racer.
Chart-topping record producer who crafted hits with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and many others.
Pioneering rock-and-roll songwriter.
Inspiring child-care specialist starring in America's Supernanny.
Genre-blending English musician known as a founder of "trip-hop".
Waldon Jr., Alton R.
First African American to represent Queens, NY, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Forward-thinking tech entrepreneur.
Grammy Award-winning jazz and R&B singer.