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.
Michael JordanMichael Jordan
17 February 1963, American
Basketball player
Barack ObamaBarack Obama
04 August 1961, American
44th U.S. President

LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star

Kanye WestKanye West
08 June 1977, American
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968, American
Actor

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American
Boxer
Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978, American
Basketball Player

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American
 

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971, American
Actor
Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954, American
American actor

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Professional baseball player

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods
30 December 1975, American
Golfer
Dr. DreDr. Dre
18 February 1965, American
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur

Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas
23 June 1948, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

The Notorious B.I.G.The Notorious B.I.G.
21 May 1972, American
Rapper

Jay-ZJay-Z
04 December 1969, American
Rapper
Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818, American
American orator
James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
21 December 1948, American
Actor

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist
Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961, American
Actor

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar
16 April 1947, American
Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman
01 June 1937, American
Actor

Thurgood MarshallThurgood Marshall
02 July 1908, American
Former Associate Justice of the United States

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan
11 May 1933, American
Political Activist
Ice CubeIce Cube
15 June 1969, American
Rapper

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Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician
Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

Deion SandersDeion Sanders
09 August 1967, American
Athlete

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade
17 January 1982, American
NBA Basketball Star
Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984, American
 
Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain
21 August 1936, American
Basketball Player

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter

Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes
31 July 1962, American
 

Colin PowellColin Powell
05 April 1937, American
65th United States Secretary of State
James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931, American
Actor

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
22 December 1960, American
Artist

Damon WayansDamon Wayans
04 September 1960, American
Actor

George ForemanGeorge Foreman
10 January 1949, American
Professional Boxer

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913, American
Activist
NellyNelly
02 November 1974, American
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter

Spike LeeSpike Lee
20 March 1957, American
Film director
B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868, Ghanaian
Civil Rights Activists
Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker
15 July 1961, American
Actor

Danny GloverDanny Glover
22 July 1946, American
American actor
Bill RussellBill Russell
12 February 1934, American
American basketball player

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941, Guinean, Trinidadian, American
 

Derek JeterDerek Jeter
26 June 1974, American
Baseball Player

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American
 

LudacrisLudacris
11 September 1977, American
 
Chuck BerryChuck Berry
18 October 1926, American
Guitarist

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
10 July 1943, American
Tennis Player

Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
07 October 1897, American
Religious Leader

Bo JacksonBo Jackson
30 November 1962, American
Former Baseball & Football Player
Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington
05 April 1856, American
 

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
08 May 1911, American
Singer
Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941, American
Civil Rights Activist

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887, Jamaican
Political leader

Ja RuleJa Rule
29 February 1976, American
 
John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

Nat King ColeNat King Cole
17 March 1919, American
Vocalist, Pianist
Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925, American
 

Smokey RobinsonSmokey Robinson
19 February 1940, American
Singer

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Sugar Ray LeonardSugar Ray Leonard
17 May 1956, American
American professional boxer

Joe FrazierJoe Frazier
12 January 1944, American
Boxer
Barry BondsBarry Bonds
24 July 1964, American
American baseball player

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author

George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
01 January 1864, American
Scientist & Inventor

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
14 February 1946, American
Dancer and Actor
Ben HarperBen Harper
28 October 1969, American
 
Joe LouisJoe Louis
13 May 1914, American
Former Heavyweight Champion

Hank AaronHank Aaron
05 February 1934, American
 

Sugar Ray RobinsonSugar Ray Robinson
03 May 1921, American
Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing

Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington
29 April 1899, American
Composer, Pianist and Bandleader
Jerry RiceJerry Rice
13 October 1962, American
Former NFL Star

Satchel PaigeSatchel Paige
07 July 1906, American
Baseball Player

Willie MaysWillie Mays
06 May 1931, American
Former Professional Baseball Star

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
25 December 1907, American
Singer
CoolioCoolio
01 August 1963, American
Rapper, Actor, Record Producer, Chef

Emmitt SmithEmmitt Smith
15 May 1969, American
NFL Star
Crispus AttucksCrispus Attucks
1723 AD, American
First person killed during the Boston Massacre

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 
Barry SandersBarry Sanders
16 July 1968, American
American football running back
Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk
10 October 1917, American
Jazz Pianist & Composer