Famous African American Authors The World Really Loves

Many people around the world agree with the saying ‘A Pen Is Mightier Than A Sword’. Authors have undoubtedly been quite influential in changing the world to a great extent. The works of several famous works have changed governance, sparked off revolutions and led to the evolution of society in general. The contribution of African American authors in the evolution of our society has often gone unnoticed. Over the past few decades, several African American authors have impressed literature lovers with their works and some of their books even went on to become bestsellers. Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Alice Walker and Ralph Ellison are a few eminent African American authors who are famous worldwide. Toni Morrison has penned several critically acclaimed novels like ‘The Bluest Eye’, ‘Sula’ and ‘Solomon’. She has been felicitated with several laurels such as the prestigious ‘Nobel Prize in Literature’, ‘Pulitzer Prize’ and ‘American Book Award’ for her immense contribution towards literature. Similarly, Alice Walker is another author who has admirers all over the world. She is best known for her acclaimed novel ‘The Color Purple’, which fetched Walker the ‘National Book Award’ as well as the ‘Pulitzer Prize For Fiction’. Alice Walker has also often raised her voice against unjust practices in the society. ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ written by Zora Neale Hurston has attained the status of a cult classic. We have compiled a list which includes the names of several eminent authors of African American descent.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Barack Obama

Barack Obama.
43
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 44th U.S. President
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawai, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 2 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur.
43
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 3 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey.
24
Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 4 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman.
5
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913
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 5 Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass.
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Famous As: American orator
Birthdate: February 1, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Talbot County, Maryland, U.S
Died: February 20, 1895

 6 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: May 28, 2014
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 7 W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois.
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activists
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963
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 8 James Baldwin

James Baldwin.
4
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 1, 1987

 9 Malcolm X

Malcolm X.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 21, 1965
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 10 Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Birthdate: February 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: May 22, 1967

 11 Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019

 12 Ben Carson

Ben Carson.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 13 Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: American women's rights activist
Birthdate: December 1, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Swartekill, New York
Died: November 26, 1883

 14 Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westlake Corner, Virginia, United States
Died: November 14, 1915

 15 Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 16 Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 17 Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931

 18 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston.
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960

 19 Angela Davis

Angela Davis.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham

 20 Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 10, 1940

 21 Huey P. Newton

Huey P. Newton.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: American political activist
Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe
Died: August 22, 1989

 22 Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Anti Slavery Activist
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Igboland
Died: March 31, 1797

 23 August Wilson

August Wilson.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American playwright
Birthdate: April 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 2, 2005

 24 Alice Walker

Alice Walker.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eatonton

 25 Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Science Fiction Writer
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: February 24, 2006

 26 Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael.
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port of Spain
Died: November 15, 1998

 27 Richard Wright

Richard Wright.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roxie, Mississippi, United States
Died: November 28, 1960

 28 Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 12, 1965

 29 Alex Haley

Alex Haley.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ithaca
Died: February 10, 1992

 30 Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wabbaseka, Arkansas
Died: May 1, 1998

 31 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keyser, West Virginia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark
Died: January 9, 2014

 33 James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida
Died: June 26, 1938

 34 Larry D. Alexander

Larry D. Alexander
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dermott

 35 Dwayne Glenn McDuffie

Dwayne Glenn McDuffie
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 21, 2011
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 36 Claude McKay

Claude McKay.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22, 1948

 37 Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas
Died: December 3, 2000

 38 William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson
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Famous As: Sociologist, University teacher, Professor, Writer
Birthdate: December 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
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 39 Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Martinsburg
Died: July 1, 2014

 40 Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.

 41 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist
Birthdate: April 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 42 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 43 Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. John's

 44 Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 23, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: July 24, 1954

 45 Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 2, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Metropolis, Illinois, United States
Died: March 25, 1951

 46 John Henrik Clarke

John Henrik Clarke
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: January 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Union Springs
Died: July 16, 1998

 47 Anna Julia Cooper

Anna Julia Cooper.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Author, Educator
Birthdate: August 10, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died: February 27, 1964

 48 Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 27, 2006

 49 Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American poet
Birthdate: June 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: February 13, 2010

 50 Rita Dove

Rita Dove
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Akron