Abercrumbie, P. Eric. Originator of Black Man Think Tank.
Alexander, Joseph L. Transplant surgeon who broke the color barrier professionally and personally.
Anderson, Ezzrett. Pioneering pro football great.
Aubespin, Mervin. Reporter who integrated Louisville Courier-Journal newsroom.
Austin, Bobby W. Dedicated sociologist and university administrator.
Baker, Mickey. Revered R&B guitarist.
Ballard, John. Former slave who pioneered part of Los Angeles County.
Beauvais, Garcelle. Haitian-born model and actress known for her role in NYPD BLUE.
Bishop, Stephen. Knowledgable explorer of and guide to Kentucky's Mammoth Cave.
Bostic, Joe. Groundbreaking radio announcer.
Brown, Jim. Legendary running back and founder of Amer-I-Can.
Bryant, Ray. Renowned jazz pianist.
Burks, Juanita P. Respected Kentucky entrepreneur.
Chappell, Roy M. Tuskegee Airman and civil rights activist.
Charles, Ezzard. Heavyweight boxing champion.
Childers, Lulu Vere. Longtime Howard University music director and educator.
Clark, Yvonne Young. Award-winning academic who broke the gender barrier in mechanical engineering.
Clarke, Anna Mac. First black officer to lead an all-white WAC platoon during World War II.
Clay Jr., William Lacy. Second-generation U.S. Congressional representative from Missouri.
Condé, Alpha. Former political exile elected president of Guinea in 2010.
Cook-Parrish, Mary Virginia. Journalist and former slave who became a leading advocate for women's issues.
Crouch, Hubert. Biology professor who cofounded the National Institute of Science.
Edwards, Teresa. Most decorated Olympic basketball player of all time.
Ferbos, Lionel. Centenarian trumpeter considered to be the oldest active jazz musician in the United States.
Forna, Aminatta. Acclaimed memoirist and novelist.
Gaines, Matthew. Nineteenth-century Texas state senator.
Grier, Bobby. College football player who broke the Sugar Bowl racial barrier.
Grillo, Evelio. Tireless defender of Cuban-American civil rights.
Hamilton, Vicki. Promoter of women and girls in technology.
Hill, Michael. Standout college athlete who became an executive in major league baseball.
Jackson, LaToya. Prodigal Jackson family daughter.
Khama, Ian. Successful but polarizing democratic leader of Botswana.
Kirk, Clara. Tireless founder of Chicago's Clara's House women's shelter.
London, Theophilus. Genre-bending rapper with sartorial flair.
Long, Nia. Versatile actress famed for roles in Love Jones Soul Food.
McGee, Vonetta. 1970s-era film star who appeared in such films as BLACULA and THE EIGER SANCTION.
Madame Sul-Te-Wan. First black actress under contract to a Hollywood studio in the early 20th century.
Murphy, Charles. Elder brother of Eddie Murphy who stakes his own claim on comedy.
Oliver, Garrett. Renowned beer authority and brewmaster.
O'Neal, Shaquille. Larger-than-life basketball legend.
Perry, Joe. Early black star in modern professional football.
Smith, Jada Pinkett. Admired film actress who balances family and career.
Pohamba, Hifikepunye. Anticolonial activist who became president of Namibia in 2004.
Pratt, Geronimo. Long-imprisoned falsely convicted Black Panther.
Prince Twins Seven-Seven. Internationally renowned Osogbo artist.
Randall, Vernellia. Learned law and health educator.
Rivers, Sam. Talented saxophonist known for his improvisational jazz.
Sapphire. Author of the gritty urban novels PUSH and THE KID.
Simon, Lateefah. Advocate for disadvantaged teens and "genius grant" winner.
Sisulu, Albertina. Heroic South African antiapartheid activist.
Usher. Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar.
Van Peebles, Martin. Controversial filmmaker known as the godfather of modern black cinema.
Webb, Veronica. First black model to sign million-dollar cosmetics contract.
White, Frank. Award-winning longtime infielder for the Kansas City Royals.
Wright, Sarah E. Pioneering novelist of the black experience.