Wilma Mankiller rose to the highest position of her tribe to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. As Chief, she championed education, social justice, and community development. President Bill Clinton awarded Chief Mankiller the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 for her leadership and dedication to vibrant, healthy Native communities.
Lee Daniels, actor, film producer, and director. He produced the film Monster's Ball (the 1st time an African American was the sole producer on an Academy Award-winning film) and directed the film Precious, which received 6 Academy Award nominations, winning 2 awards. He also has produced or directed The Woodsman, Shadowboxer, Tennessee, The Paperboy and the upcoming film, The Butler. At the request of Bill Clinton, he produced PSAs to encourage young people of color to vote.