This list of African American men include names like Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Will Smith and Eddie Murphy

Thousands of men of African American descent have made the United States proud with their incredible accomplishments. It is amazing as to how members of this community suffered from oppression, slavery and racial discrimination for a really long time, but eventually rose to become prominent figures of their country. Many legendary personalities of African American origin have earned places in books of history for their remarkable achievements. Legendary leader and activist Martin Luther King Jr. is one such man who hasn’t just made his community proud, but is also hailed by millions of people around the world for raising his voice against injustice. He is praised for his ‘Montgomery Bus Boycott’ and ‘Selma To Montgomery Marches’ even today, almost 5 decades after his assassination. The leader was also awarded a Nobel Prize for his contribution towards the betterment of American society. Former ‘Democrat’ party leader Barack Obama created history back in 2009 after being sworn in as the first African American president of the United States. Not just politics, African American men are making waves in different fields, such as sports, cinema and literature. Will Smith and Eddie Murphy are two famous Hollywood stars who have been applauded time and again for their acting prowess. Smith won the hearts of movie lovers with his outstanding performances in films like ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ and ‘Men In Black’. You will find below a list of famous African American men who are legends in their own right.
LeBron JamesLeBron James
(NBA Star)

30 December 1984

American

Kanye WestKanye West
(Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer)

08 June 1977

American

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
(Basketball player)

17 February 1963

American

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
(Singer)

29 August 1958

American

Barack ObamaBarack Obama
(44th U.S. President)

04 August 1961

American

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

American

Will SmithWill Smith
(Actor)

25 September 1968

American

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Basketball Player, Basketball Coach)

16 April 1947

American

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
(Actor)

20 October 1971

American

Jay-ZJay-Z
(Rapper)

04 December 1969

American

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
(Basketball player)

23 August 1978

American

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods

30 December 1975

American

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

American

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman

01 June 1937

American

The Notorious BThe Notorious B.I.G.
(Rapper)

21 May 1972

American

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

American

Dr. DreDr. Dre
(American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur)

18 February 1965

American

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
(Actor)

03 April 1961

American

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade
(NBA Basketball Star)

17 January 1982

American

Ice CubeIce Cube
(American rapper)

15 June 1969

American

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
(Actor)

21 December 1948

American

Mike TysonMike Tyson
(Boxer)

30 June 1966

American

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
(Singer & Musician)

27 November 1942

American

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx

13 December 1967

American

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
(American actor)

28 December 1954

American

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain
(Basketball Player)

21 August 1936

American

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson

31 January 1919

American

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
(Singer, Musician)

02 April 1939

American

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
(Civil Rights Activist)

04 February 1913

American

Bill RussellBill Russell
(American basketball player)

12 February 1934

American

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
(Musician)

13 May 1950

American

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony

29 May 1984

American

Danny GloverDanny Glover
(American actor)

22 July 1946

American

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
(Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Film Composer)

14 March 1933

American

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
(Musician, Songwriter)

08 May 1911

American

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
(Artist)

22 December 1960

American

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
(Actor)

17 January 1931

American

Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes

31 July 1962

American

Ray CharlesRay Charles
(Singer and Composer)

23 September 1930

American

Derek JeterDerek Jeter
(Baseball Player)

26 June 1974

American

Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker
(Actor)

15 July 1961

American

James BrownJames Brown
(Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader)

03 May 1933

American

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
(American orator)

01 February 1818

American

Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

23 June 1948

American

Damon WayansDamon Wayans
(Actor)

04 September 1960

American

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Bahamian,American

Spike LeeSpike Lee

20 March 1957

American

Thurgood MarshallThurgood Marshall
(Former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court)

02 July 1908

American

George ForemanGeorge Foreman

10 January 1949

American

LudacrisLudacris

11 September 1977

American

Jesse OwensJesse Owens

12 September 1913

American

Deion SandersDeion Sanders

09 August 1967

American

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan

11 May 1933

American

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
(Guitarist)

18 October 1926

American

Colin PowellColin Powell
(65th United States Secretary of State)

05 April 1937

American

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
(Novelist)

02 August 1924

American

Barry BondsBarry Bonds
(American baseball player)

24 July 1964

American

Nat King ColeNat King Cole
(Vocalist, Pianist)

17 March 1919

American

NellyNelly
(Rapper, Singer, Songwriter)

02 November 1974

American

B.B. KingB.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)

16 September 1925

American

Hank AaronHank Aaron

05 February 1934

American

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)

23 February 1868

Ghanaian

Bo JacksonBo Jackson
(Former Baseball & Football Player)

30 November 1962

American

Ja RuleJa Rule

29 February 1976

American

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
(Jazz saxophonist and composer)

23 September 1926

American

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

Jamaican

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
(Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist)

01 February 1902

American

Smokey RobinsonSmokey Robinson
(Singer)

19 February 1940

American

Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington
(Composer, Pianist and Bandleader)

29 April 1899

American

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington

05 April 1856

American

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
(Civil Rights Activist)

08 October 1941

American

Joe LouisJoe Louis
(Former Heavyweight Champion)

13 May 1914

American

George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
(Scientist & Inventor)

01 January 1864

American

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael

29 June 1941

Guinean,Trinidadian,American

Sugar Ray LeonardSugar Ray Leonard
(American professional boxer)

17 May 1956

American

Nat TurnerNat Turner
(Leader of Slave Rebellion)

02 October 1800

American

Joe FrazierJoe Frazier
(Boxer)

12 January 1944

American

Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
(Religious Leader)

07 October 1897

American

Medgar EversMedgar Evers

02 July 1925

American

Ben HarperBen Harper

28 October 1969

American

Jerry RiceJerry Rice
(Former NFL Star)

13 October 1962

American