Acklin, Barbara Jean.
Enduring R&B songstress.
Ashley & JaQuavis.
Husband-and-wife collaborators on popular "street lit" novels.
Penn State lawyer who gave key testimony in 2012 sex abuse scandal.
Hip-hop singer who became Internet music sensation in 2011.
New York Giants running back who became television commentator.
Bell, W. Kamau.
Stand-up comedian known for socially conscious political commentary.
Reggae artist and deejay.
Pro boxer who won heavyweight title twice in the 1990s.
Bracken, James and Vivian.
Husband-and-wife music producers.
Brady, St. Elmo
First African American to earn a doctorate in chemistry.
Basketball coach who led Cleveland Cavaliers but fell short of NBA championship.
Pivotal R&B vocalists.
Author of Thug Love novels who began writing in prison.
Cleaver, Emanuel II.
First black mayor of Kansas City, MO, and elected to Congress in 2004.
Grammy-nominated R&B singer and reality television star.
Defensive coach of Super Bowl-bound Giants and Patriots teams.
New York Giants wide receiver known for touchdown dance.
Nigerian Afro-pop star with U.K. hit "Oliver Twist".
Oklahoma City Thunder forward named Rookie of the Year in 2008.
Respected director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Griffin, Robert III.
Young football phenomenon.
Director who made feature film debut in 2012 with Red Tails.
All-Star center and power forward for the Atlanta Hawks.
Kansas City leader named one of five most innovative mayors in the United States.
Johnson, Edward Austin.
Former slave who became prominent lawyer and politician in North Carolina and New York.
Physician and advocate for the study of health care diversity.
Key & Peele.
Comedy duo whose sketches tackle racial issues.
La Roca, Pete.
Renowned jazz percussionist.
Outspoken star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Little Anthony & the Imperials.
Popular vocal group.
Actor known for role in 1972 blaxploitation film Blacula.
Mason, Charles Harrison.
Influential Pentecostal founder.
Kenyan political and labor activist assassinated in 1969.
Congolese basketball star and philanthropist.
Omar, Samia Yusuf.
Promising Somali runner.
Rising hip-hop vocalist.
Champion of women's health and reproductive rights.
Seminal blues guitarist.
R&B vocal group remembered for 1964 hit "Earth Angel".
Exceptional blues singer.
Former Fannie Mae chief who resigned amid allegations of accounting fraud.
Seven-time All-Star outfielder.
Oregon college basketball coach and brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Popular journalist and host of CNN's International Desk.
Jamaican trade union activist and prime minister.
Avant-garde jazz pianist.
Embattled former head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Flamboyant jazz composer.
Chicago blues master.
First African American to receive Medal of Honor for service in World War I.
Heavyweight boxing champion.
First African native to become general manager of an NBA team.
Ward, William E.
Four-star army general demoted for abuse of government funds.
Prolific jazz drummer.
Award-winning stage and screen actress.