Famous African American Men Who Created History

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.

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 
LeBron James
(One of the Greatest Players in NBA History)

LeBron James
178
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)

 2 
Muhammad Ali
(Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)

Muhammad Ali
78
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 3 
Tupac Shakur
( 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone)

Tupac Shakur
152
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 4 
Prince
(Singer-songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist)

Prince
69
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 21, 2016
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 5 
Martin Luther King Jr.
(African-American Civil Rights Movement Leader Who Used Civil Disobedience to Combat Racism)

Martin Luther King Jr.
61
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: April 4, 1968

 6 
Mike Tyson
(First Heavyweight Boxer to Simultaneously Hold the WBA, WBC & IBF Titles)

Mike Tyson
59
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Greene, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 7 
Ice Cube
(Rapper - Contributed Significantly to the Development of 'Gangsta Rap')

Ice Cube
31
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Crenshaw, California, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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 8 
Jay-Z
(Most Influential Hip-hop Artists in History)

Jay-Z
46
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 9 
Jackie Robinson
(First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball)

Jackie Robinson
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia, United States
Died: October 24, 1972

 10 
Kawhi Leonard
(Basketball Player)

Kawhi Leonard
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)

 11 
James Earl Jones
(One of the Greatest Actors in American History)

James Earl Jones
33
Birthdate: January 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 12 
Lionel Richie
(Co-Lead Singer Of Funk Band The Commodores)

Lionel Richie
16
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 13 
Neil deGrasse Tyson
(Astrophysicist)

Neil deGrasse Tyson
21
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 14 
Jon Jones
(Mixed Martial Artist)

Jon Jones
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 15 
Louis Armstrong
(Trumpeter)

Louis Armstrong
20
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 6, 1971

 16 
George Foreman
(Professional Boxer)

George Foreman
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 17 
Deion Sanders
(American Football player, Baseball Player)

Deion Sanders
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 18 
Vince Carter
(Basketball Player)

Vince Carter
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 19 
DMX
(Rapper)

DMX
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 20 
Kid Cudi
(Rapper who Rose to Fame with His Debut Mixtape 'A Kid Named Cudi')

Kid Cudi
36
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 21 
Jesse Owens
(Athlete)

Jesse Owens
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 31, 1980
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 22 
Derek Jeter
(Baseball Player)

Derek Jeter
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pequannock Township, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 23 
Spike Lee
(Film director)

Spike Lee
17
Birthdate: March 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 24 
Chuck Berry
(Singer-songwriter)

Chuck Berry
18
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18, 2017
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 25 

Chadwick Boseman
43
Birthdate: November 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 28, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 26 
W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)

W. E. B. Du Bois
21
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963

 27 
Patrick Mahomes II
(The Third African-American Quarterback to Win A Super Bowl)

Patrick Mahomes II
87
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 28 
Ludacris
(Rapper)

Ludacris
29
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 29 
Megan Thee Stallion
( The Second Female Rapper to Win Best New Artist (Grammy))

Megan Thee Stallion
96
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 30 
Clarence Thomas
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Clarence Thomas
17
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montgomery, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 31 
Nat King Cole
(Singer and Jazz Pianist Best Known His Soft Baritone Voice)

Nat King Cole
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: February 15, 1965

 32 
Kyrie Irving
(Basketball Player)

Kyrie Irving
36
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 33 
Russell Wilson
(American Football Quarterback)

Russell Wilson
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 34 

Joe Frazier
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 7, 2011
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 35 
Common
(Rapper)

Common
15
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 36 
André 3000
(Rapper)

André 3000
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 37 

Johnnie Cochran
12
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Died: March 29, 2005

 38 
Hank Aaron
(Baseball player)

Hank Aaron
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 22, 2021
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 39 

Sugar Ray Leonard
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 40 

Robert Johnson
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1938

 41 

Tracy Morgan
5
Birthdate: November 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 42 
Future (Rapper)
(Rapper - Known for His Mumble-Influenced Vocal Range)

Future (Rapper)
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 43 
B.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)

B.B. King
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berclair, Mississippi
Died: May 14, 2015
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 44 

Shemar Moore
45
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

Booker T. Washington
20
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westlake Corner, Virginia, United States
Died: November 14, 1915

 46 
Tony Parker
(Basketball Player)

Tony Parker
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 47 
Joe Louis
(Professional Boxer)

Joe Louis
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambers County, Alabama, United States
Died: April 12, 1981
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 48 
Virgil Abloh
(Fashion designer)

Virgil Abloh
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

 49 
Forest Whitaker
(Best Known for His Role in 'The Last King of Scotland')

Forest Whitaker
9
Birthdate: July 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Longview, Texas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 50 
Bo Jackson
(American Football Player, Baseball Player)

Bo Jackson
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States