Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee, born March 20, 1957, is a film director, producer, writer, and actor.
Angie Thomas, born in 1988, is an American author best known for writing the YA novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up. Thomas earned a BFA from Belhaven University, a private Christian college in Mississippi, where she was the first Black student to graduate in creative writing.
Julius P. Williams born 1954, professor in the Composition Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, was named the first Black president of the Conductors Guild in 2019.
Kevin Warren, born November 17, 1963, is an attorney and professional sports executive. In 2015, Warren became the first Black chief operating officer of an NFL team and as of 2019 Warren was elected as the Big Ten Athletic Conference Commissioner.
Myrlie Louise Evers-Williams born March 17, 1933 is an American civil rights activist who has been working on getting justice for the murder of her husband , Medgar Evers in 1963. On January 21, 2013 she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.
Jay -Z born 1969 according to Forbes’ 2019 calculations, rapper Jay-Z’s net worth amasses $1 billion making him the first hip-hop artist to achieve that status.
Ruby Middleton Forsythe, 1905-1992, was an elementary school teacher in South Carolina. She was mostly known to provide education to Black children during the Jim Crow era.
J. Cole (January 28, 1985) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In October 2011, Cole established The Dreamville Foundation, a non-profit organization which conducts philanthropic activities to provide supplies to students.
Bertha Gilkey, 1949 – May 25, 2014 was an American activist for tenant management and public housing properties.
Lonnie G. Bunch III (born November 18, 1952) the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is the 14th secretary in the institution’s 173-year history, and the first Black person to take the role.