Overwhelmingly elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016 to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Mark Ridley-Thomas has distinguished himself as an effective leader for more than two million Second District residents.
Born a slave on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Harriet Tubman freed herself and became famous as a “Conductor” on the Underground Railroad during the turbulent 1850s. Despite a bounty on her head, she returned to the South at least 19 times to lead her family and numerous other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
Anthony Davis is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis was selected first overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, is a six-time NBA All-Star, and has been named to three All-NBA First Teams and three NBA All-Defensive Teams.
Toi L. Salter
Toi L. Salter is a recognized leader in the field of financial and business management. As founder and President of Salter Financial Management LLC, she manages and oversees the day-to-day and long term financial & business affairs for professional athletes, media and entertainment personalities.
Tiffany Haddish has quickly established herself as one of the most sought-after comedic actresses and performers. She can currently be seen opposite Tracy Morgan on the TBS comedy series, The Last O.G. and can be heard as the voice of “Tuca” on the Netflix animated series, Tuca and Bertie.
Jesse Williams is an activist, actor, entrepreneur and former high school teacher. He plays “Dr. Jackson Avery” in ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy and has appeared in films including Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods, Band Aid and the upcoming Jacob’s Ladder and Selah and the Spades.
Dr. Lily D. McNair
Dr. Lily D. McNair began her tenure as Tuskegee University’s eighth president on July 1, 2018. Her appointment as Tuskegee’s first female president came after a 30-year career as a higher education educator and researcher, and in private practice as a clinical psychologist.
Kandice McLurkin has an unwavering commitment to ensuring that African-American students, and all underserved student populations, achieve academic success—leaving school prepared to thrive in college, the career of their choice, and in life.
NBA superstar Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in league history by virtue of his tenacious style, forged by a childhood surrounded by violence and poverty in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Rose's story is one of survival, determination, and perseverance.
Reverend “J” Edgar Boyd
Reverend “J” Edgar Boyd has been the Pastor of the 142-year-old First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles (FAME), the oldest “African-American” church in the city since 2012.
Dr. C. Reynold Verret
Dr. C. Reynold Verret was unanimously elected Xavier University of Louisiana’s president by the Board of Trustees, taking office on July 1, 2016. Prior to his appointment as president, he has served as provost and chief administrative officer at Savannah State, Georgia’s first public historically black university.
Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD
Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD is the Associate Clinical Director at Ro and Clinical Director for Rory (HelloRory.com), Ro’s women’s health vertical service tackling menopause. Dr. Barnes is also a double board-certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Otolaryngologist.