2 Emmett Till(Victim of Racial Violence)
In the 1950s, a teenage African-American boy, Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured and brutally killed for allegedly misbehaving with a white woman. Those responsible were never convicted but the brutality of the crime brought focus on racial discrimination and African-American Civil Rights Movement. It eventually played a crucial role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
3 Mr. T(Actor)
4 Miles Davis(One of the Most Influential and Acclaimed Figures in the History of Jazz and 20th-Century Music)
6 Polo G(Musician, Rapper)
Polo G is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record executive. Polo G, who became famous for his Chicago drill sound, gradually adopted a more melodic style. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, Polo G's lyrics often reflect on subjects, such as mental health and racism. In 2020, he announced the launch of ODA Records, his own record label.
7 Andre Braugher(Actor)
8 Chaka Khan(Singer)
9 Craig Robinson(Actor)
10 Fred Hampton(Activist)
Fred Hampton was considered an activist and a revolutionary socialist working for social change. He was the deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party. He founded the Rainbow Coalition, aiming to help the Chicago street gangs to end infighting. The FBI considered him as a major threat and he was shot and killed in December 1969 during a raid.
11 Minnie Riperton(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
12 Shonda Rhimes(Television Producer)
Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.
13 Hannibal Buress(Comedian)
14 Nichelle Nichols(Actress)
15 Laura Harrier(Actress)
16 Curtis Mayfield(Singer, Guitarist)
17 Lil Rel Howery(Actor)
18 Andre Iguodala(Basketball player)
19 Lamorne Morris(Actor)
Lamorne Morris began his career with the BET shows HotWyred and 106 & Park. He gained game with his Teen Choice Award-nominated role of Winston in New Girl. He has appeared in many FunnyorDie shorts, in the docu-drama Valley of the Boom, and as Keef Knight in the series Woke.
20 Wood Harris(Actor)
Wood Harris, younger brother of actor Steve Harris, is best known for his portrayal of Avon Barksdale, a character modeled on real-life drug dealer Nathan Barksdale, in The Wire. He has also appeared in the series Empire and films such as Remember the Titans, and narrated the sports documentary Benji.
21 Stuart Scott(Sportscaster)
22 Jackie Joyner-Kersee(Athlete)
The first to score over 7,000 points in the heptathlon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is considered by many as one of the greatest female athletes ever. While in school, she excelled in sports such as volleyball, basketball, and track, and also did well in studies. She later won three Olympic golds medals.
23 Jaimee Foxworth(Actress)
Jaimee Foxworth is an American model, actress, and former pornographic actress. Foxworth is best known for playing Judy Winslow in the popular TV series, Family Matters. Also a musician, Foxworth is credited with forming S.H.E., an R&B musical group, with her two sisters. Over the years, Jaimee Foxworth has also battled depression and substance abuse.
24 Lupe Fiasco(Rapper)
25 Lena Waithe(Screenwriter)
26 Sherri Shepherd(Actress)
Sherri Shepherd is an American actress, television personality, author, and comedian. She is known for co-hosting the popular talk show The View. She co-hosted the show from 2007 to 2014, for which she received several nominations for Daytime Emmy Award, winning the award in 2009. Also known for her dancing skills, Shepherd competed in Dancing with the Stars in 2012.
27 Lil Bibby(Rapper)
28 Lou Rawls(Singer)
Lou Rawls was an American singer, composer, record producer, and actor. Rawls sold over 40 million records during his illustrious career. He was also renowned for his charity work; in 2004, he was honored by the popular philanthropic organization United Negro College Fund for his work with the organization for more than 25 years.
29 Gil Scott-Heron(Poet and Singer-songwriter)
30 Patrick Beverley(Basketball Player)
31 Ken Norton(Boxer)
Professional boxer Ken Norton is remembered for his three highly publicized fights with Muhammad Ali, out of which he lost two. Norton was a towering figure in the boxing world and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978. He was a forward-pressing fighter notable for his unusual stance. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
32 Kirby Puckett(Baseball Players)
33 Rickey Henderson(Baseball player)
34 Jabari Parker(Basketball player at power forward)
35 Lorraine Hansberry(Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist)
Lorraine Hansberry was a writer and playwright best remembered for her play A Raisin in the Sun which emphasizes the plight of African-Americans living under racial segregation. At the age of 29, Lorraine Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, becoming the youngest playwright and the first African-American dramatist to win the prestigious award.
36 Antoine Walker(Basketball Player)
37 Robin Harris(Comedian)
38 Jason Weaver(Actor)
39 Nicole Narain(Model)
40 Shawn Marion(Basketball Player)
41 Curtis Granderson(Baseball Player)
42 Aaron McGruder(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)
Aaron McGruder is an American writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, and lecturer. He is best known for writing a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip titled The Boondocks. He also wrote its TV series adaptation where he served as the creator, head writer, and executive producer.