Phillis Wheatley, the slave and poet who was the first American writer to achieve international fame.
Toussaint l'Ouverture, the former Haitian slave who led a succesful rebellion and freed the slaves of Haiti
Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and campaigner for women's rights.
Madam C.J. Walker, the world's first self-made female millionaire.
Maggie Lena Walker, the first woman bank president of the United States.
Charles Drew, doctor who invented the blood bank, and a method of storing plasma.
Jesse Owens, the athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and made the Nazis look stupid.
Jackie Robinson, the first black man to join a major league baseball team
Hattie Macdaniel, the first black actor to win an Oscar (for Best Supporting Actress in Gone With the Wind)
Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Count Basie, great jazz musicians
Billie Holliday,Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, great jazz singers
Peg Leg Bates, the amazing one legged tap dancer.
Alice Coachman, star of the 1948 Olympics, the first black woman to endorse a national product - coca cola, appearing on billboards across the country with Jesse Owens
Barbara Jordan, the first black woman to be elected to the Texas State Senate, and the first black woman from the South to enter Congress.