Artist and notable African American people from Detroit by ReChard Peel

Sugar Ray Robinson


Widely regarded as the greatest boxer ever pound for pound, Sugar ray Robinson was a Detroit native who began boxing training at a very young age. He had his first match when he was 15, and from there became a legend. He got his name because he need a fake id for his first fight and the id he received was for a boxer by the name of ray sugar robinson.

George Gervin


George Gervin is an NBA super star who was born in Detroit, Michigan. He played from 1972-86. Most of his career was with the san Antonio spurs. He led the NBA in scoring 4 times and was an NBA all star 5 times.

Joe Louis


Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis helped elevate boxing’s popularity. Louis’ championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 27 championship fights,

Donyale Luna


Donyale Luna ) was an American model and cover girl from Detroit, Michigan. She appeared in many films throughout the 1960s, and had a very successful career.

Warren Spears


Warren Spears was an American dancer and choreographer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he studied dance as a child, then moved to New York City in 1972 to study at the Juilliard School.  Spears danced with the Alvin Ailey troupe from 1974 to 1977, when he left to concentrate on his own choreography. Spears returned to New York, where he founded his own dance company, the Spears Collection. And he had a very successful career surrounding that.

Brazeal Dennard


Brazeal Dennard was an African-American singereducatorChoral director, and musical arranger. He has been a significant contributor in the preservation and revitalization of the spiritual musical form. His efforts helped moved the African-American spiritual beyond the confines of the church, exposing not only the beauty of this music, but also its historical importance to a wider audience.


Ron Milner


Playwright Ron Milner is considered one of the more exciting writers who came to national prominence during the explosive black theater movement of the 1960s. His most notable plays included Who’s Got His Own, and Checkmates.


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