Cher Best - local radio icon
Deanna Brown - charity worker, radio DJ, business owner, and James Brown's daughter
James Brown - the Godfather of Soul and the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business; an incredible singer and dancer
Tyrone J. Butler - founder of Augusta Mini Theatre, which provides instruction in the arts to all
Minnesota Fattz - local radio icon
Lucius Holsey - strong promoter of biracial cooperation, founder of Paine College
Austin Jefferson - instrumental in securing a land donation for the Aiken County school that bears his name, Jefferson Elementary
Augustus Roberson Johnson - Augusta educator for whom A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School is named
Lucy Craft Laney - one of Georgia's most influential educational leaders
Ed McIntyre - first African-American mayor of Augusta, spearheaded Riverwalk
Butterfly McQueen - Gone with the Wind actress; spent winters in Augusta
Judge John "Jack" Ruffin, Jr. - civil rights activist; Augusta's first African-American superior court judge
Edward Tarver - first African-American US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia
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