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
Tiger WoodsTiger Woods
30 December 1975, American
Golfer

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978, American
Basketball Player

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
17 February 1963, American
Basketball player
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American
 

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
03 April 1961, American
Actor

LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star
Kanye WestKanye West
08 June 1977, American
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper
Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954, American
American actor

Hank AaronHank Aaron
05 February 1934, American
 

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

Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg
20 October 1971, American
Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer

Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968, American
Actor
PrincePrince
07 June 1958, American
Singer

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931, American
Actor

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American
Boxer

Dr. DreDr. Dre
18 February 1965, American
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur
Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913, American
Activist

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
21 December 1948, American
Actor
Jay-ZJay-Z
04 December 1969, American
Rapper

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman
01 June 1937, American
Actor

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician
Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes
31 July 1962, American
 

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain
21 August 1936, American
Basketball Player
Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Professional baseball player

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar
16 April 1947, American
Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
22 December 1960, American
Artist

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Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor
Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818, American
American orator

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

Ice CubeIce Cube
15 June 1969, American
Rapper

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 
Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye
02 April 1939, American
Singer, Musician
James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist

James BrownJames Brown
03 May 1933, American
Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer,

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade
17 January 1982, American
NBA Basketball Star

Colin PowellColin Powell
05 April 1937, American
65th United States Secretary of State
Deion SandersDeion Sanders
09 August 1967, American
Athlete

Bill RussellBill Russell
12 February 1934, American
American basketball player

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984, American
 

Spike LeeSpike Lee
20 March 1957, American
Film director
Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas
23 June 1948, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

Thurgood MarshallThurgood Marshall
02 July 1908, American
Former Associate Justice of the United States
George ForemanGeorge Foreman
10 January 1949, American
Professional Boxer

Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
07 October 1897, American
Religious Leader

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan
11 May 1933, American
Political Activist
W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868, Ghanaian
Civil Rights Activists

Leon SpinksLeon Spinks
11 July 1953, American
Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American
 

Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker
15 July 1961, American
Actor

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

Joe FrazierJoe Frazier
12 January 1944, American
Boxer

NellyNelly
02 November 1974, American
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Chuck BerryChuck Berry
18 October 1926, American
Guitarist

Danny GloverDanny Glover
22 July 1946, American
American actor

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

Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington
29 April 1899, American
Composer, Pianist and Bandleader
Damon WayansDamon Wayans
04 September 1960, American
Actor

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington
05 April 1856, American
 
LudacrisLudacris
11 September 1977, American
 

Derek JeterDerek Jeter
26 June 1974, American
Baseball Player

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
08 May 1911, American
Singer
Smokey RobinsonSmokey Robinson
19 February 1940, American
Singer

Nat King ColeNat King Cole
17 March 1919, American
Vocalist, Pianist
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

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

Jerry RiceJerry Rice
13 October 1962, American
Former NFL Star
John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941, American
Civil Rights Activist
Ja RuleJa Rule
29 February 1976, American
 

Bo JacksonBo Jackson
30 November 1962, American
Former Baseball & Football Player

Barry BondsBarry Bonds
24 July 1964, American
American baseball player

Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925, American
 
Joe LouisJoe Louis
13 May 1914, American
Former Heavyweight Champion
Sugar Ray RobinsonSugar Ray Robinson
03 May 1921, American
Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
14 February 1946, American
Dancer and Actor

August WilsonAugust Wilson
27 April 1945, American
American playwright
Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author

Don KingDon King
20 August 1931, American
 

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

Ernest R. Davis Ernie Davis
14 December 1939, American
American Football Player

Willie MaysWillie Mays
06 May 1931, American
Former Professional Baseball Star
Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman
26 January 1892, American
Aviator
Barry SandersBarry Sanders
16 July 1968, American
American football running back

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
10 July 1943, American
Tennis Player
Charles MingusCharles Mingus
22 April 1922, American
Jazz Musician
Ben HarperBen Harper
28 October 1969, American