Audre Lorde was a leading African-American poet and essayist, who voiced the issues of race, gender, and sexuality during the 1970s and 80s.
Lorna Simpson is a multimedia artist who explores race, gender and African-American identity in her powerful works.
Celia Cruz was a performer of many genres of Afro-Caribbean music.
Alvin Ailey was an African American choreographer and activist.
Dorothy Dandridge was an actress and singer. She was also the first African American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress.
Hal Jackson was an African American business leader, disc jockey and radio personality.
Sculptor Augusta Savage was one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance as well as an influential activist and arts educator.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a self-taught poet, musician, and graffiti phenomenon from the late 1970s.
Gordon Parks was known as the first African-American photographer for LIFE and Vogue magazines and the first African American to direct a major Hollywood movie.