Principled editor who broke color and gender barriers in the newspaper industry.
Chart-topping R&B singer and actress.
Member of Motown's Four Tops and cowriter of "What's Going On".
Acclaimed rapper and actor formerly known as Mos Def.
Up-and-coming Motor City-based rapper.
Photographer best known for chronicling the life and career of Muhammad Ali.
President of the Central African Republic.
Brown, Alvin. Mayor of Jacksonville, FL, who was an adviser to President Clinton.
Multitalented jazz musician and journalist of the mid-20th century.
Burroughs, Nannie Helen.
Visionary early 20th-century educator and social activist.
Rising Democratic strategist and former aide to President Obama.
Chase, Debra Martin.
Genre-creating producer of the hit teen movies Princess Diaries and Cheetah Girls.
Hall-of-Fame basketball center for the legendary New York Rens.
Prize-winning broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.
Pioneering professional basketball owner and manager.
Prolific film and television actor, director, and champion of the arts.
Hattiesburg, MS, mayor and first black nominee for statewide office since Reconstruction.
Philanthropy-minded football Hall-of-Fame inductee.
Former Colorado state senator leading education policy reform.
Broadcast journalist and host of MSNBC's NewsNation.
Influential former op-ed columnist with the New York Times.
Cuban-born pitching phenomenon known as "El Duque".
Iconic rap artist turned award-winning actor.
Acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and longtime director of the Alvin Ailey company.
Actor-director best known for work on police dramas The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets.
Johnson, John Henry.
Powerful Hall-of-Fame running back of the1950s and 1960s.
Award-winning novelist known for Leaving Atlanta.
New Orleans-based recording artist who popularized bounce rap genre.
Star-making music executive behind the rise of singer Beyoncé.
American expatriate novelist living in France.
LeFlore, Lyah Beth.
Author of the hit series of young adult novels The Come Up.
Brazil's first soccer superstar.
First African-American woman elected mayor in Utah.
Insightful marketing executive and author.
Star second baseman on Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" of the 1970s.
Prime minister of Lesotho and leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy.
Record-shattering quarterback who won the 2010 Heisman Trophy.
Musician who preserved and promoted Garifuna culture.
Perry, Matthew J.
Prominent civil rights attorney and federal judge from South Carolina.
Versatile actor and singer best remembered as Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Inspiring South African sailor and motivational speaker.
Beloved singer, actress, and minister who starred in TV's Touched by an Angel.
Colorful NBA forward elected to Hall of Fame in 2011.
"Prime Time" athlete who achieved success in pro football and baseball.
Music and culture critic for the New Yorker.
Genre-breaking singer and songwriter of alternative hits "Creator," "L.E.S. Artistes".
Brazilian UFC middleweight champion known as "The Spider".
Popular and talented center fielder with the Cleveland Indians.
Fierce NFL defensive lineman who transitioned to Hollywood fame.
Taylor, Lonzie Odie.
Minister and photographer who documented African-American life in Memphis, TN.
Popular 1960's singer known as the "Queen of Memphis Soul".
Memphis soul performer and radio legend.
Pittsburgh-based rapper known for hit "Black & Yellow".
French-American film director of Stomp the Yard and The Losers.
Best-selling 20th-century author of historical "costume novels".