July 2006 Carl Maxie Brashear was the first African American to become a United States Navy master diver. Brashear was born January 1931 in Tonieville, Kentucky. He enlisted in the U. Navy in He graduated from the Navy Diving & Salvage School in
Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator,was nominated for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater for the Broadway play “Fences.