Chainz 2. Southern hip-hop vocalist.
Leader of Ethiopian Orthodox Church during country's transition to democracy.
Respected longtime writer for the New Yorker.
New Orleans bandleader who epitomized the city's vibrant musical heritage.
Pop singer, actress, and megastar.
Billy Ward and the Dominoes.
R&B vocal group that scored early rock hit with "Sixty Minute Man" in 1995.
Brimm, Charles E.
Beloved doctor, educator, and healthcare advocate for the poor.
Chicago soul singer who penned "Duke of Earl" and other hits.
Critically acclaimed Washington, D.C., jazz singer.
Chicago record producer and impresario, responsible for many 1950s-70s hits.
Ethiopian prime minister who kept country together during turbulent transition.
Important female politician in post-apartheid South Africa.
Dokes, Michael. Troubled and talented world champion boxer.
Film and television actor best known for his role in True Blood.
Fox, John R.
World War II "Buffalo Soldier" posthumously recognized for heroism.
Freeman Jr., Al.
Actor best known for roles in Malcolm X and One Life to Live.
Hardworking actor known for roles in Rocky V and Deadwood.
Leader of 21-year rebellion against Sudanese government.
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
Influential Philly soul band of the 1970s.
Former slave who helped lead abolitionist movement in Boston.
Former Black Panther leader and friend to Huey P. Newton.
One of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time.
Grammy Award winning singer of pop, jazz, and R&B.
Negro League player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Author whose satirical fiction and graphic novels explore race and identity.
Beat Generation poet known as "black American Rimbaud."
Conservative political activist, radio, and television commentator and politician.
Rapper who made major-label debut in 2012 with good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Saxophonist who played a diversity of musical styles.
Lewis-Hall, Freda. Psychiatrist and top pharmaceutical executive at Pfizer.
Music industry executive who took hip-hop into mainstream culture.
Talented jazz trumpeter died tragically young.
Mathematician and financial analyst who warned of looming financial crisis.
Florida teen shot by neighborhood watch patrolman in 2012.
Community activist, antiviolence advocate, and breakout documentary star.
Pianist who popularized blues music in Paris.
Mickens, Ronald Elbert.
Physicist, mathematician, educator, author, and chronicler of African-American achievements in science and tech. Middleton, Reggie.
Financial blogger who predicted global financial crisis.
Mohamud, Hassan Sheikh.
Somali civic activist and scholar who became president.
Featherweight boxing champion whose death sparked debate on regulation of the sport.
African swimmer and Olympic hero.
Cuban heavyweight boxing legend.
Sassy singer of diverse musical styles.
Unflappable CNN correspondent.
Cameroonian soccer player who joined powerful Barcelona club in 2012.
Up-and-comer on women's pro tennis circuit.
Vocal harmony group who had a hit with "Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight" in 1954.
Philadelphia-based gospel singer.
North Carolina Congressional representative and minority rights defender. Webb, Chick. Drummer and bandleader of the swing era.
Sudanese industry-altering supermodel.
Wells, Willie. Power-hitting shortstop of the Negro Leagues.
Williams, Billy Dee.
Actor, writer, painter, and sex symbol.
UN leader on sustainable development and energy policy.