Dynamic jazz trumpeter who made solo debut in 2011.
Hall of Fame basketball player who broke color barriers in collegiate, pro game.
Prosecutor responsible for charging international war criminals.
Star forward who led the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA championship.
Protean jazz pianist and accompanist to Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz.
Rapper who scored a hit with "Gangsta's Paradise" in 1995.
Jazz, blues, and R&B guitarist remembered for work with Miles Davis.
Esteemed "Porgy and Bess" soprano.
Pianist and bandleader who blended swing and bebop.
Davis Jr., Wade.
Pro football player who became a gay rights activist.
Cuban baseball star posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.
Award-winning illustrator of children's books.
Volatile outfielder and clutch hitter whose temper hindered major league career.
Glover, Cedric B. First African-American mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Beloved actor known for his roles in Lethal Weapon and The Color Purple.
Sports columnist who sparked discussion of race and sexuality in athletics.
Green, Cee Lo.
Colorful "Voice" mentor known for such hits as "Crazy" and "F**k You."
Funnyman who made top indie comedy film Laugh at My Pain in 2011.
Jamaican reggae singer who fronts Toots and the Maytals.
Hoskins, Harold K.
Tuskegee Airman who was among the first blacks in the integrated armed forces.
The Jackson Five.
Quintet of brothers who became a pop sensation during the 1970s.
Jay-Z. Grammy-winning rapper and hip-hop mogul.
NFL defensive back whose legal troubles overshadowed his talent on the field.
Fearless gay rights activist in Uganda.
Kiir Mayardit, Salva.
First president of the newly independent nation of South Sudan.
Los Angeles motorist at the center of momentous civil rights case.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
South African men's chorus that sang on Paul Simon's "Graceland."
Luter Jr., Fred.
First black preacher chosen to lead the Southern Baptist Convention.
Lynch, Loretta E.
U.S. attorney appointed by Presidents Clinton, Obama.
Mahama, John Dramani.
Ghanaian historian and politician who became president in 2012.
Marsalis, Branford. Saxophonist who straddled jazz and pop music. McCovey, Willie.
Hall of Fame first baseman for the San Francisco Giants.
Dictator who has ruled Equatorial Guinea since 1979.
Junior welterweight boxing champion of the 1960s.
Eccentric musician and producer who shaped reggae music in the 1960s.
Successful director, writer, producer, and actor who is best known for being Madea.
Long-time actor known for his roles in The Wire and Treme.
Actor who began his career as the lead character in Spike Lee's Clockers.
Legendary soul guitarist whose hits include "Theme from Shaft."
The Ravens. Popular vocal group of the 1940s and 1950s.
New York Giants general manager who built two NFL championship teams.
Rice, Susan. Highest-ranking U.S. diplomat serving at the United Nations.
Popular comedian and actor known for his role on the sitcom The Office.
President of the Republic of Congo.
Leader of an important Jamaican slave uprising in 1831.
Cuban heavyweight champion considered the greatest amateur boxer of the modern era.
Interim president of Mali chosen to oversee democratic elections.
Mississippi-born poet laureate of the United States.
Superstar NBA guard with the Miami Heat.
Determined Congressional champion of minority causes.
Character actor who performed memorable roles in popular shows of the 1970s.
Detroit singer whose works combined R&B, soul, and funk.
Golf prodigy who followed in the footsteps of his famous uncle, Tiger Woods.
Featherweight prizefighter of the 1930s and 1940s.
Wright Jr., Jeremiah A.
Fiery minister whose sermons stirred national debate.