The International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, opens on 23 August (0151-478 4499; Muhammad Ali - Boxer, born 1942 Widely considered to be the greatest athlete of all time.
Not only did Ali dominate the world of boxing (the BBC and Sports Illustrated hailed him "Sportsman of the Century" in 1999), he was also a key figure in the civil-rights movement after refusing to fight in Vietnam because of how blacks were treated in America.
The writer and academic Caryl Phillips, whose plays and novels I would read with awe and fascination while at college. The museum admits that the list is incomplete, and names will be added.
Let me offer a few: Baroness Amos, the first black Leader of the House of Lords; the mighty three MPs Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng, and the new wave of David Lammy, Adam Afriyie and Dawn Butler, and not forgetting Oona King.
His methods helped to restore the South after the Civil War.
Fred D'Aguiar - Writer, born 1960 Poet, novelist and playwright, regarded as one of the great British writers of his generation.
Viv Anderson, the first black England international footballer – how many of us remember how huge that was?
Benjamin Zephaniah, the wonderful poet, and a man of stature and integrity.But now, in Liverpool, for this and generations to come, there is an institution dedicated to scholarly research – and it's right on our doorsteps.A wonderful example of this newfound freedom is the huge wall dedicated to 70 key black achievers past and present.Stokely Carmichael - Civil rights activist, 1941-98 Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Carmichael moved to Harlem at 11.He was leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, bringing black students together to protest against segregation.One of the first activists to use the term "Black Power".