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

04 August 1961

Honolulu, Hawai, USA

American

Leo

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
(Singer)

29 August 1958

25 June 2009

Gary

American

Virgo

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
(Basketball player)

23 August 1978

Philadelphia

American

Leo

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

08 June 1977

Atlanta

American

Gemini

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
(Basketball player)

17 February 1963

Brooklyn

American

Aquarius

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

03 June 2016

Louisville

American

Capricorn

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

13 September 1996

New York City, New York, U.S

American

Gemini

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

18 February 1965

Compton

American

Aquarius

LeBron JamesLeBron James
(NBA Star)

30 December 1984

Akron, Ohio

American

Capricorn

Ice CubeIce Cube
(American rapper)

15 June 1969

Los Angeles

American

Gemini

Mike TysonMike Tyson
(Boxer)

30 June 1966

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S

American

Cancer

Will SmithWill Smith
(Actor)

25 September 1968

West Philadelphia

American

Libra

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
(Actor)

20 October 1971

Long Beach

American

Libra

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
(Singer & Musician)

27 November 1942

18 September 1970

Seattle, Washington, US

American

Sagittarius

LudacrisLudacris

11 September 1977

Champaign, Illinois, U.S.

American

Virgo

Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker
(Actor)

15 July 1961

Longview, Texas, United States

American

Cancer

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

21 February 1965

North Omaha, Nebraska

African,American

Taurus

Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
(Singer, Musician)

02 April 1939

01 April 1984

Washington, D.C., United States

American

Aries

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
(Musician)

13 May 1950

Saginaw

American

Taurus

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

21 May 1972

09 March 1997

Clinton Hill, New York City, New York, U.S.

American

Taurus

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
(Civil Rights Activist)

04 February 1913

24 October 2005

Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S

American

Aquarius

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
(Actor)

03 April 1961

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

American

Aries

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
(Actor)

21 December 1948

Washington, D.C., United States

American

Sagittarius

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade
(NBA Basketball Star)

17 January 1982

Chicago, Illinois, United States

American

Capricorn

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
(Actor)

17 January 1931

Arkabutla

American

Capricorn

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman

01 June 1937

Memphis

American

Gemini

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx

13 December 1967

Terrell

American

Sagittarius

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
(American actor)

28 December 1954

Mount Vernon, New York, U.S

American

Capricorn

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
(American orator)

01 February 1818

20 February 1895

Talbot County, Maryland, U.S

American

Aquarius

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

03 May 1933

25 December 2006

Barnwell

American

Taurus

Sugar Ray RobinsonSugar Ray Robinson
(Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing Champion)

03 May 1921

12 April 1989

Ailey, Georgia, Detroit, Michigan

American

Taurus

Ray CharlesRay Charles
(Singer and Composer)

23 September 1930

10 June 2004

Albany

American

Virgo

Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes

31 July 1962

Orlando, Florida, United States

American

Leo

Spike LeeSpike Lee

20 March 1957

Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

American

Pisces

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

14 March 1933

United States

American

Pisces

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain
(Basketball Player)

21 August 1936

12 October 1999

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

American

Leo

Derek JeterDerek Jeter
(Baseball Player)

26 June 1974

Pequannock Township, New Jersey

American

Cancer

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
(Guitarist)

18 October 1926

18 March 2017

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

American

Libra

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods

30 December 1975

Cypress, California

American

Capricorn

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson

31 January 1919

24 October 1972

Cairo

American

Aquarius

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

23 February 1868

27 August 1963

Great Barrington

Ghanaian

Pisces

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

23 June 1948

Pin Point, Georgia, U.S.

American

Cancer

George ForemanGeorge Foreman

10 January 1949

Marshall, Texas

American

Capricorn

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
(Artist)

22 December 1960

12 August 1988

Brooklyn

American

Sagittarius

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

05 April 1937

New York City

American

Aries

Ja RuleJa Rule

29 February 1976

New York City

American

Pisces

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

16 September 1925

14 May 2015

Berclair, Mississippi

American

Virgo

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
(Jazz saxophonist and composer)

23 September 1926

17 July 1967

Hamlet

American

Virgo

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan

11 May 1933

The Bronx

American

Taurus

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington

05 April 1856

14 November 1915

Hale's Ford, Virginia, U.S.

American

Aries

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
(Musician, Songwriter)

08 May 1911

16 August 1938

Hazlehurst, Mississippi

American

Taurus

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Miami, Florida, U.S.

Bahamian,American

Pisces

NellyNelly
(Rapper, Singer, Songwriter)

02 November 1974

Austin, Texas, United States

American

Scorpio

Nat King ColeNat King Cole
(Vocalist, Pianist)

17 March 1919

15 February 1965

Montgomery

American

Pisces

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony

29 May 1984

Brooklyn, New York

Gemini

Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington
(Composer, Pianist and Bandleader)

29 April 1899

24 May 1974

Washington, D.C.

American

Taurus

Jesse OwensJesse Owens

12 September 1913

31 March 1980

Oakville

American

Virgo

Joe LouisJoe Louis
(Former Heavyweight Champion)

13 May 1914

12 April 1981

La Fayette

American

Taurus

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

10 June 1940

Jamaican

Leo

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

01 February 1902

22 May 1967

Joplin, Missouri, United States

American

Aquarius

Deion SandersDeion Sanders

09 August 1967

Fort Myers

American

Leo

Jay-ZJay-Z
(Rapper)

04 December 1969

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Bo JacksonBo Jackson
(Former Baseball & Football Player)

30 November 1962

Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Jerry RiceJerry Rice
(Former NFL Star)

13 October 1962

Starkville

American

Libra

PrincePrince
(Singer)

07 June 1958

21 April 2016

Minneapolis

American

Gemini

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
(Novelist)

02 August 1924

01 December 1987

Harlem

American

Leo

George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
(Scientist & Inventor)

01 January 1864

05 January 1943

Diamond, Missouri, U.S.

American

Capricorn

Bill RussellBill Russell
(American basketball player)

12 February 1934

Monroe, Louisiana

American

Aquarius

Danny GloverDanny Glover
(American actor)

22 July 1946

San Francisco, California, U.S.

American

Cancer

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

02 July 1908

24 January 1993

Baltimore

American

Cancer

Sugar Ray LeonardSugar Ray Leonard
(American professional boxer)

17 May 1956

Rocky Mount

American

Taurus

Barry SandersBarry Sanders
(American football running back)

16 July 1968

Wichita

American

Cancer

Nat TurnerNat Turner
(Leader of Slave Rebellion)

02 October 1800

11 November 1831

Southampton County

American

Libra

Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk
(Jazz Pianist & Composer)

10 October 1917

17 February 1982

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States

American

Libra

Barry BondsBarry Bonds
(American baseball player)

24 July 1964

Riverside, California

American

Leo

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
(Author)

09 February 1944

Eatonton

American

Aquarius

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
(Civil Rights Activist)

08 October 1941

Greenville

American

Libra

CoolioCoolio
(Rapper, Actor, Record Producer, Chef)

01 August 1963

Compton

American

Leo

Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie
(Bandleader)

21 October 1917

06 January 1993

Cheraw, South Carolina, United States

American

Libra

Emmitt SmithEmmitt Smith
(NFL Star)

15 May 1969

Pensacola

American

Taurus

Willie MaysWillie Mays
(Former Professional Baseball Star)

06 May 1931

Westfield, Alabama

American

Taurus

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
(Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist)

09 April 1898

23 January 1976

Princeton, New Jersey, U.S

American

Aries

Ernest R. Davis Ernie Davis
(American Football Player)

14 December 1939

18 May 1963

New Salem, Pennsylvania, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Hank AaronHank Aaron

05 February 1934

Mobile

American

Aquarius

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
(Tennis Player)

10 July 1943

06 February 1993

Richmond

American

Cancer

Scott JoplinScott Joplin
(Composer and Pianist)

1868 AD

01 April 1917

Texas

American

Charles MingusCharles Mingus
(Jazz Musician)

22 April 1922

05 January 1979

Arizona, United States

American

Taurus

Ben HarperBen Harper

28 October 1969

Pomona, California, United States

American

Scorpio

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
(Singer)

25 December 1907

18 November 1994

Rochester

American

Capricorn

Medgar EversMedgar Evers

02 July 1925

12 June 1963

Decatur, Mississippi U.S.

American

Cancer

Carl LewisCarl Lewis

01 July 1961

Birmingham, Alabama, U.S

American

Cancer

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael

29 June 1941

15 November 1998

Port of Spain

Trinidadian,American

Cancer

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
(Dancer and Actor)

14 February 1946

09 August 2003

New York City

American

Aquarius

Aaron NevilleAaron Neville
(Singer & Musician)

24 January 1941

New Orleans

American

Aquarius

Chuck DChuck D
(Rapper)

01 August 1960

Queens, New York

American

Leo

Lil TwistLil Twist
(Rapper)

11 January 1993

Oak Cliff, Texas, United States

American

Capricorn

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
(Writer)

11 August 1921

10 February 1992

Ithaca

American

Leo

Ernie BanksErnie Banks
(Baseball Player)

31 January 1931

23 January 2015

Dallas

American

Aquarius

Leon SpinksLeon Spinks
(Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion)

11 July 1953

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

American

Cancer

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