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
04 August 1961, American
44th U.S. President
LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American
Boxer

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
17 February 1963, American
Basketball player

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978, American
Basketball Player
Kanye WestKanye West
08 June 1977, American
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American
 

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968, American
Actor
Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971, American
Actor
PrincePrince
07 June 1958, American
Singer

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

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods
30 December 1975, American
Golfer

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954, American
American actor

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist
Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961, American
Actor

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor

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

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician
James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931, American
Actor

The Notorious B.I.G.The Notorious B.I.G.
21 May 1972, American
Rapper
Dr. DreDr. Dre
18 February 1965, American
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar
16 April 1947, American
Basketball Player, Basketball Coach

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman
01 June 1937, American
Actor
Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Ice CubeIce Cube
15 June 1969, American
Rapper
Deion SandersDeion Sanders
09 August 1967, American
Athlete

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913, American
Activist

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818, American
American orator
Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

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James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,
Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade
17 January 1982, American
NBA Basketball Star

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain
21 August 1936, American
Basketball Player

NellyNelly
02 November 1974, American
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
22 December 1960, American
Artist
Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker
15 July 1961, American
Actor
Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician

Colin PowellColin Powell
05 April 1937, American
65th United States Secretary of State

Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes
31 July 1962, American
 

George ForemanGeorge Foreman
10 January 1949, American
Professional Boxer
Danny GloverDanny Glover
22 July 1946, American
American actor

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Professional baseball player

Bill RussellBill Russell
12 February 1934, American
American basketball player
Nat King ColeNat King Cole
17 March 1919, American
Vocalist, Pianist

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984, American
 

Joe MorganJoe Morgan
19 September 1943, American
Baseball Player
Spike LeeSpike Lee
20 March 1957, American
Film director

Damon WayansDamon Wayans
04 September 1960, American
Actor
Jerry RiceJerry Rice
13 October 1962, American
Former NFL Star

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
18 October 1926, American
Guitarist

Sugar Ray LeonardSugar Ray Leonard
17 May 1956, American
American professional boxer

LudacrisLudacris
11 September 1977, American
 

Derek JeterDerek Jeter
26 June 1974, American
Baseball Player
Bo JacksonBo Jackson
30 November 1962, American
Former Baseball & Football Player

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868, Ghanaian
Civil Rights Activists

August WilsonAugust Wilson
27 April 1945, American
American playwright

Smokey RobinsonSmokey Robinson
19 February 1940, American
Singer
Joe FrazierJoe Frazier
12 January 1944, American
Boxer

Don KingDon King
20 August 1931, American
 
Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington
29 April 1899, American
Composer, Pianist and Bandleader

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
08 May 1911, American
Singer

Sugar Ray RobinsonSugar Ray Robinson
03 May 1921, American
Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing
John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

Barry SandersBarry Sanders
16 July 1968, American
American football running back
Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington
05 April 1856, American
 

Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
07 October 1897, American
Religious Leader

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American
 
Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887, Jamaican
Political leader

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941, American
Civil Rights Activist
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Emmitt SmithEmmitt Smith
15 May 1969, American
NFL Star

Joe LouisJoe Louis
13 May 1914, American
Former Heavyweight Champion

Ja RuleJa Rule
29 February 1976, American
 
Ernest R. Davis Ernie Davis
14 December 1939, American
American Football Player
George Washington CarverGeorge Washington Carver
01 January 1864, American
Scientist & Inventor

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
14 February 1946, American
Dancer and Actor

Barry BondsBarry Bonds
24 July 1964, American
American baseball player

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author
Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925, American
 

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

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
25 December 1907, American
Singer

Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk
10 October 1917, American
Jazz Pianist & Composer

Satchel PaigeSatchel Paige
07 July 1906, American
Baseball Player
CoolioCoolio
01 August 1963, American
Rapper, Actor, Record Producer, Chef

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Hank AaronHank Aaron
05 February 1934, American
 

Ben HarperBen Harper
28 October 1969, American
 
Willie MaysWillie Mays
06 May 1931, American
Former Professional Baseball Star
Scott JoplinScott Joplin
24 November 1868, American
Composer and Pianist