Actress Jane Russell came to fame in the 1940s when a publicity campaign for her debut film 'The Outlaw' focused on her curvaceous figure. She also co-starred with Marilyn Monroe in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.'
Widely known for the book and miniseries 'Roots' as well as 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X,' Alex Haley was a U.S. writer whose works of historical fiction and reportage depicted generations of African-American lives.
Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and by 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times.
Harold Nicholas was a popular African-American dancer who gained fame during the Harlem Renaissance. He and brother Fayard broke through the color barrier to become one of the most popular show business acts of the 1930s and '40s.