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Charles Henry Christian

Charles (Charlie) Christian, probably the most important guitarist in jazz history., and is cited as a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. Only one other electric guitar had been recorded on jazz records when the first Christian-Goodman records were issued. Christian won Down Beat polls from 1939 through 1941 and in the Encyclopedia Year Book poll of 1956 was chosen "Greatest Ever." Christian's influence reached beyond jazz and swing in 1990 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.








Craig Watkins 

Craig Watkins is currently the district attorney for the Dallas County, Texas, USA. He became the first African American district attorney in Texas when he was elected in 2006.


Albert Lavada "Dr. Hepcat" Durst

 In 1948 Jake Pickle hired Durst as the first black disc jockey in Texas. "Dr. Hepcat's" cool jive-talk was a hit and made him a celebrity with the local white college students.