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  • Jeni Le Gon
    Dancer, actress, and dance instructor Jeni LeGon was born Jennie Ligon on August 14, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. Later, in London, she learned that she was descended from General Henry Beauchamp Lygon, ...

The Russell Simmons Higher Self Series is a groundbreaking collection of programming dedicated to inspiring the pursuit of the new American Dream. The History Makers is the most comprehensive collection of firsthand accounts and archival footage of contemporary African-American high achievers ever produced.


  • Terry McMillan
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Gordon Parks
  • Lerone Bennett Jr.
  • Yvonne B. Burke
  • Bob Beamon
  • Belva Davis Moore
  • William Greaves
  • George McKenna III
  • Dionne Warwick
  • David Dinkins
  • Carrie Meek
  • Julian Bond
  • Ossie Davis
  • Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint


  • Susan L. Taylor
  • Marva Collins
  • David Driskell
  • B.B. King
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Kim Fields
  • Jesse L. Jackson Jr.
  • Maxine Waters
  • Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks
  • Ruby Dee
  • Ernie Banks
  • Sonia Sanchez
  • Rev. James Bevel


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  • Vernon Jordan
  • Angela Davis
  • Carol Moseley Braun
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Ron Dellums
  • Lerone Bennett Jr.
  • Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint
  • Terry McMillan
  • B.B. King