Archive

September 2021

James Farmer

James Farmer

Civil Rights Activist & Leader

Hosea Williams

Hosea Williams

Civil Rights Leader, Activist, Ordained Minister, Businessman, Philanthropist, Scientist, & Politician
Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins

Civil Rights Activist & Leader

August 2021

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe

Novelist, Poet, & Critic

Mary Mahoney

Mary Mahoney

Nurse

Fats Waller

Fats Waller

Pianist, Organist, Composer, Violinist, Singer, & Comedic Entertainer

July 2021

Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin

Comedian & Actor

Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle

Singer, Actress, & Businesswoman

Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey

Singer

June 2021

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey

Television Presenter, Comedian, Actor, Broadcaster, Author, Game Show Host & Businessman
Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin

Artist

Naomi Sims

Naomi Sims

Model, Businesswoman, & Author

May 2021

Dr. Alexa Canady

Dr. Alexa Canady

Pediatric Neurosurgeon & Educator

Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

Actress & Singer

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy

Inventor & Engineer

April 2021

Marie Van Brittan Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown

Nurse & Innovator

Eugene Jacques Bullard

Eugene Jacques Bullard

Pilot

Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan

Novelist

March 2021

Lead Belly

Lead Belly

Singer, Musician, & Songwriter

Barbara-Rose Collins

Barbara-Rose Collins

Politician

Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson

Physicist

February 2021

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks

‘HeLa Cell Line’

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Civil Rights Activist & Entrepreneur

Della Reese

Della Reese

Singer, Actor, & Minister

January 2021

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

Civil Rights Leader, Minister, & Politician

Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy

Actor & Comedian

Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

Songwriter, Guitarist, & Singer

December 2020

De La Soul

De La Soul

Hip-Hop Recording Group

Doug E. Fresh

Doug E. Fresh

Hip-Hop Recording Artist, Record Producer & Beatboxer

Sinbad

Sinbad

Comedian & Actor

November 2020

Septima Poinsette Clark

Septima Poinsette Clark

Civil Rights Activist & Educator

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson

Professional Baseball Athlete & Manager

Scarface

Scarface

Hip-Hop Recording Artist

October 2020

Daisy Bates

Daisy Bates

Civil Rights Activist, Publisher, Journalist, & Lecturer

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Professional Basketball Athlete

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson

Professional Tennis & Golf Athlete

September 2020

James Meredith

James Meredith

Civil Rights Activist, Writer, Political Adviser, & Veteran

Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller

Collegiate Basketball Athlete, Coach, Reporter, & Analyst

Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph

Professional Track & Field Athlete

August 2020

Junkyard Dog

Junkyard Dog

Professional Wrestling & Collegiate Football Athlete

Ernie Ladd

Ernie Ladd

Professional Wrestling & Football Athlete

Alain Leroy Locke

Alain Leroy Locke

Writer, Philosopher, Educator, & Patron of the Arts

July 2020

Robert Sengstacke Abbott

Robert Sengstacke Abbott

Lawyer, Newspaper Publisher, & Editor

Rudy Ray Moore

Rudy Ray Moore

Comedian, Singer, Actor, & Film Producer

Floyd Patterson

Floyd Patterson

Professional Boxing Athlete

June 2020

Fats Domino

Fats Domino

Pianist & Singer

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Sculptor, Painter, & Poet

Ricky Harris

Ricky Harris

Actor, Comedian, & Producer

May 2020

Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers

Actor, Dancer, Singer, & Musician

Ethel Johnson

Ethel Johnson

Professional Wrestling Athlete

Flip Wilson

Flip Wilson

Actor & Comedian

April 2020

Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson

Professional Wrestling Athlete

Kelly Jo Minter

Kelly Jo Minter

Actor

Lou Rawls

Lou Rawls

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, & Producer

March 2020

Richard Allen

Richard Allen

Minister, Educator, & Writer

Josiah Henson

Josiah Henson

Author, Abolitionist, & Minister

Junior Wells

Junior Wells

Blues Vocalist & Harmonica Player

February 2020

Hawthorne James

Hawthorne James

Actor & Director

Jenifer Lewis

Jenifer Lewis

Actor, Singer, & Activist

Rosetta Tharpe

Rosetta Sharpe

Singer, Songwriter, & Guitarist

January 2020

Heavy D and The Boyz

Heavy D and The Boyz

Hip-Hop Recording Group

Salt ’n Pepa

Salt ‘n Pepa

Hip-Hop Recording Group

The Temptations

The Temptations

R&B/Soul Music Group

December 2019

Digital Underground

Digital Underground

Hip-Hop Recording Group

EPMD

EPMD

Hip-Hop Recording Group

Gap Band

Gap Band

R&B/Funk Music Group

November 2019

James Armistead

James Armistead Lafayette

Spy

Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks

Civil Rights Activist & Dock Worker

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Actor, Political Activist, & Producer

October 2019

Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun

Diplomat, Politician, & Lawyer

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Actor

Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders

Musician, Composer, & Bandleader

September 2019

Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder

Actor & Choreographer

'Sugar' Ray Leonard

‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard

Professional Boxing Athlete, Motivational Speaker, & Actor

Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle

Actor & Singer

August 2019

Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson

Explorer

Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Singer & Songwriter

Mary Wells

Mary Wells

Singer

July 2019

Jay Hawkins

Jay Hawkins

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Film Producer, & Boxer

Danitra Vance

Danitra Vance

Actor & Comedian

Jimmie Walker

Jimmie Walker

Actor & Comedian

June 2019

Mum Bett

Mum Bett

Civil Rights Activist, Midwife, Herbalist, & Servant

Riddick Bowe

Riddick Bowe

Professional Boxing Athlete

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader, Composer, & Actor

May 2019

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

Scientist, Astronaut, & Doctor

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

Poet

RuPaul

RuPaul

Television Personality & Singer

April 2019

Ernie Davis

Ernie Davis

Football Athlete

Marvin Hagler

Marvin Hagler

Professional Boxing Athlete

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Author & Civil/Women's Rights Activist

March 2019

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Author

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence

Actor & Comedian

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis

Songwriter & Trumpet Player

February 2019

Pat Cleveland

Pat Cleveland

Model

Ron O’Neal

Ron O’Neal

Actor, Director, & Screenwriter

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Professional Boxing Athlete & Actor

January 2019

Kid 'N Play

Kid ‘N Play

Hip-Hop Recording Group

Nona Hendryx

Nona Hendryx

Singer, Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, & Actor

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Actor, Singer, Author, & Activist

December 2018

George Clinton

George Clinton

Singer, Songwriter, Bandleader, & Producer

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Producer, Actor, & Singer

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop, Civil Rights Activist, & Educator

November 2018

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Philanthropist, Producer, Talk Show Host, & Actor

Yaphet Kotto

Yaphet Kotto

Actor

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

Actor, Director, Producer, Martial Artist, & Author

October 2018

Obba Babatunde

Obba Babatunde

Actor

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Professional Boxing Athlete

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Actor

September 2018

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Professional Boxing Athlete

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier

Professional Boxing Athlete

Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

Actor

August 2018

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

Professional Basketball Athlete & Actor

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Professional Basketball Athlete & Actor

Bill Russell

Bill Russell

Professional Basketball Athlete

July 2018

David Dinkins

David Dinkins

Professor & Mayor

Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King

Writer, Women's Rights Activist, & Civil Rights Activist

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson

Television Personality & Singer

June 2018

Henry Ossian Flipper

Henry Ossian Flipper

Military Leader

Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield

Professional Boxing Athlete

Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti

Songwriter, Pianist, Civil Rights Activist, & Drummer

May 2018

Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey

Actor, Poet, & Professional Football Athlete

Ron Glass

Ron Glass

Actor

Sade

Sade

Singer & Songwriter

April 2018

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor

Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Model, Actor, & Singer

Naughty By Nature

Naughty By Nature

Hip-Hop Recording Group

March 2018

The Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers

R&B & Soul Music Group

Paul Mooney

Paul Mooney

Comedian, Writer, Social Critic, & Actor

Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Actor & Singer

February 2018

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

Actor, Artist, & Singer

Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker

Comedian & Actor

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson

Actor

January 2018

Antonio Fargas

Antonio Fargas

Actor

Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall

Actor, Comedian, & Talk Show Host

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Pastor, Author & Filmmaker

Nov. - December 2017

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Actor, Director, Narrator, & Producer

Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner

Track & Field Athlete

NWA

NWA

Hip-Hop Recording Group

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Comedian, Director, Producer, & Actor

October 2017

Lavar Burton

Lavar Burton

Director, Actor, Producer, & Television Personality

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire

Funk/Soul/R&B Music Group

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk

Pianist & Songwriter

September 2017

John Coltrane

John Coltrane

Composer, Saxophonist, & Musician

MC Lyte

MC Lyte

Hip-Hop Recording Artist, Actor, DJ, & Model

Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh

Musician & Singer

August 2017

Babyface

Babyface

Singer, Guitarist, Producer, & Songwriter

Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

Journalist & News Anchor

George Wallace

George Wallace

Comedian & Actor

July 2017

George Foreman

George Foreman

Professional Boxing Athlete & Minister

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

Professional Basketball Athlete

Keenan Ivory Wayans

Keenan Ivory Wayans

Actor, Comedian, Producer, & Director

June 2017

Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac

Comedian & Actor

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba

Singer & Civil Rights Activist

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Singer & Actor

May 2017

Freddie Jackson

Freddie Jackson

Singer

Nipsey Russell

Nipsey Russell

Comedian & Actor

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon

Comedian & Actor

April 2017

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Comedian, Actor, & Talk Show Host

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Professional Basketball Player & Businessman

Jackie Joyner Kersee

Jackie Joyner Kersee

Track & Field Athlete

March 2017

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

Guitarist, Singer, & Songwriter

Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory

Author, Civil Rights Activist, Comedian, & Entrepreneur

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Actor, Director, & Comedian

February 2017

Count Basie

Count Basie

Pianist & Songwriter

Moms Mabley

Moms Mabley

Comedian

The Miracles

The Miracles

R&B Music Group

January 2017

Bob Beamon

Bob Beamon

Track & Field Athlete

Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison

Academic, Author, Educator, & Literary Critic

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Gladys Knight & The Pips

R&B & Soul Music Group

Barry White

Barry White

Music Producer & Singer

Nov. - December 2016

Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford

Astronaut, Pilot, & Scientist

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll

Actor & Singer

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

Actor, Pianist, Singer, & Television Personality

October 2016

Rod Carew

Rod Carew

Coach & Professional Baseball Athlete

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Singer, Songwriter, & Entrepreneur

Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia Mckinney

Civil Rights Activist & U.S. Representative

September 2016

Death

Death

Punk/Garage Band

Patrice O'Neal

Patrice O'Neal

Actor, Comedian, & Radio Personality

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Actor

July 2016 - August 2016

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Government Official, Educator, & Civil Rights Activist

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Pianist, Conductor, & Songwriter

Issac Hayes

Issac Hayes

Actor, Musician, & Singer

May - June 2016

Wally Amos

Wally Amos

Entrepreneur

Ella Baker

Ella Baker

Civil Rights Activist

Run DMC

Run DMC

Hip-Hop Recording Group

March - April 2016

Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height

Civil Rights Activist & Women's Rights Activist

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Guitarist, Songwriter, & Singer

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, & Guitarist

January - February 2016

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

Professional Tennis Player & Activist

Betty Shabazz

Betty Shabazz

Civil Rights Activist, Nurse & Educator

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Instrumentalist, & Sideman

Nov. - December 2015

Aaliyah

Aaliyah

Actor & Singer

Julius Erving

Julius Erving

Professional Basketball Athlete

Sept. - October 2015

Grandmaster Caz

Grandmaster Caz

DJ, Singer, Songwriter, & MC

Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Pianist, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, & Singer

Whitney Young, Jr.

Whitney Young, Jr.

Civil Rights Activist

August 2015

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet & Teacher

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Professional Football Athlete & Actor

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer, & Composer

July 2015

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka

Actor, Teacher, Director, Producer, Writer, Activist, & Poet

Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Actor, Screenwriter, Civil Rights Activist, Poet, & Playwright

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Producer, Dancer, & Singer

June 2015

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Martial Artist, Actor, & Athletic Instructor

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

Civil Rights Activist

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, & Multi-Instrumentalist

May 2015

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

Singer

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Singer, Songwriter, Hip-Hop Recording Artist, Actor, Model, Comedian, & Talk Show Host
Rakim

Rakim

Hip-Hop Recording Artist

A. Phillip Randolph

A. Phillip Randolph

Civil Rights Activist

April 2015

Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa

DJ, Producer, & Activist

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Singer & Actor

Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan

Civil Rights Activist & U.S. Representative

March 2015

Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

Actor & Comedian

Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy

Record Executive, Songwriter, & Producer

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

Actor, Singer, & Songwriter

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

Writer, Photographer, Pianist, Songwriter, & Director

February 2015

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

Civil Rights Activist, Actor, & Singer

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

Politician, Educator, & Author

Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

Historian

January 2015

Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Actor, Director, & Producer

Joe Louis

Joe Louis

Professional Boxing Athlete

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

President (non-U.S.), Writer, & Civil Rights Activist

Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage

Sculptor, Artist, Educator, & Civil Rights Activist

December 2014

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Singer

The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.

Hip-Hop Recording Artist

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Actor & Filmmaker

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

Singer

November 2014

Lena Horne

Lena Horne

Singer, Actor, Civil Rights Activist, & Dancer

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Children's Activist, Trumpet Player, Producer, Songwriter, & Television Producer
Prince

Prince

Singer, Producer, & Songwriter

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Civil Rights Activist

October 2014

Janet Collins

Janet Collins

Prima Ballerina

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Actor, Singer, Comedian, & Dancer

Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

Civil Rights Activist & Philanthropist

John Singleton

John Singleton

Director, Producer, & Screenwriter

September 2014

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Dancer, Singer, Actor, Civil Rights Activist, & Spy

DJ Grandmaster Flash

DJ Grandmaster Flash

Hip-Hop Recording Artist & DJ

Public Enemy

Public Enemy

Hip-Hop Recording Group

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold

Women's Rights Activist, Author, Educator, Civil Rights Activist, & Painter

May - August 2014

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Actor, Comedian, & Producer

Pam Grier

Pam Grier

Actor

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Singer, Songwriter, & Actor

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

Actor & Hip-Hop Recording Artist

January - April 2014

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

Professional Track & Field Athlete

Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

Actor, Comedian, & Screenwriter

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Professional Baseball Athlete

August - December 2013

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Singer & Actor

Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry

Playwright & Writer

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter, & Dancer

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington

Educator & Civil Rights Activist

May - July 2013

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Musician

W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

Sociologist, Historian, Activist, Author, & Editor

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Novelist, Essayist, Playwright, Poet, & Social Critic

Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane

Rapper, Actor, Producer, & Model

January - April 2013

James Brown

James Brown

Musician, Producer, Dancer, & Bandleader

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Scientist, Botanist, Educator, & Inventor

“Sugar” Ray Robinson

“Sugar” Ray Robinson

Professional Boxing Athlete

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Civil Rights & Women's Rights Activist

December 2012

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

Professional Baseball Athlete

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

Educator, Author, & Civil Rights Leader

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker

Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

July - November 2012

Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Musician

Dorothy Jean Dandridge

Dorothy Jean Dandridge

Singer & Actor

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

African-American Abolitionist & Women's Rights Activist

March - June 2012

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Writer, Dancer, & African-American Activist
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Civil Rights Activist
Zora Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Folklorist, Anthropologist, & Author

January - February 2012

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

Political Leader, Publisher/Journalist, Entrepreneur, & Orator
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights Clergyman, Activist, & Leader
Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Muslim Minister & Human Rights Activist

Oct. - December 2011

The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party

African-American Activist/Freedom Fighters

Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles

Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist, & Composer

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

Military Commander