ETA: without any particular order, just my favorite author, musician and songwriter and movie director.
Samuel L. Jackson
ETA - read the list now - I was the first to mention Ali?? Wow.
I appreciate the Dylan love in this thread.
Bob Dylan/Quentin Tarantino (tie)
A second for Pete, nice. He really was amazing.
And a second for the Good Professor.
Joel and Ethan Coen
I never think much.
Samuel R. Delany
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Ursula K Le Guin
As per the OP, no read-through or second guessing myself. In no particular order:
John and Paul (Lennon and McCartney)–I’m counting them as one
Hank Aaron. I saw his first career home run in a home game. At the time, he was a lazy, self-centered player. He matured quickly as a quiet gentleman. If he ever experienced racism, he never wore it like a badge.
From entertainment, I first thought of Elton John, but I haven;t followed him closely enough to know why.
Third, let’s say Gwen Ifill, for status, intellect, character and professionalism.
ETA cace against the speeding clock – sorry, didnt know i souldnt add annotations