An undisputed heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson became well-known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior. In 1997, he made headlines for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a rematch.
James Baldwin's written works made him an important spokesman of the Civil Rights Movement. His essays explored the black experience in America and his novel,"Giovanni's Room," was one of the first to tackle homosexuality.
Wendell Scott: First African-American Elected to NASCAR Hall of Fame
One of Danville's most famous native sons has a face that is recognizable not only among scholars of black history, but also among longtime NASCAR fans. Thats because Wendell Scott is known as the man who broke the color barrier in stock car racing - and he did so in 1963 when he became the first (and still the only) black driver to win a race in what is now the Sprint Cup Series.