The African Americans have been one of the most oppressed communities in the world. People of African American descent have been subjected to slavery, racial discrimination and other forms of cruelty for several decades. At the time of the great American Civil War, there were around 11 slave states in the United States, which revolted against the majority (confederates). The recently released Hollywood blockbuster ‘Django Unchained’ accurately portrayed the sorry state of affairs in the United States years ago. The movie was brutally honest about how African American slaves were tortured by White aristocrats. Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, eminent scientists George Washington Carver and writer Anna J Cooper were a few slaves who are famous across the world even today. While Carver fought against his misfortune and went on to become a renowned botanist, Anna J Cooper rose to the status of a great writer. Nat Turner is an unsung hero of the uprising of the blacks against whites. Turner led a revolt in 1831, which resulted in the death of 55 fair skinned people. Although Frederick Douglass was born a slave, he became a social reformer and a great orator during his adulthood. There are numerous such individuals who have fought tooth and nail against the atrocities committed against African Americans. For those of you who don’t know the names of famous African American slaves, this list should help. Many of these individuals are responsible for the freedom that people of this community are enjoying today.