African Americans were historically one of the most discriminated groups in the USA. However things began to change in the late 19th century with the likes of civil rights activists like John Lewis, Samuel Ringgold Ward, and Harriet Tubman raising their voices demanding equal rights for all. The civil rights movement received further momentum in the 20th century with the emergence of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Harry Burns. By the later part of the 20th century, African Americans had begun to make a name for themselves in varied fields such as science, technology, sports, music and literature. Diplomat Ralph Joseph Bunche created history by becoming the first African American to win the Nobel Prize for Peace. History was created by GuionBluford as well when he became the first African American astronaut to venture into space. More recently, Barack Obama claimed the honor of being the first African American to be elected to the US President’s office. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous African Americans.
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American
16 January 1979, American
Singer, Dancer, Actor & Model

04 December 1969, American

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984, American

Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
11 September 1970, American
Actress, Singer

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931, American
Michael OherMichael Oher
28 May 1986, American
American Football Player

Emmett TillEmmett Till
25 July 1941, American
African-American teenager
Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick
03 November 1987, American
American Football Quarterback

Little RichardLittle Richard
05 December 1932, American
Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
05 October 1958, American

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer
Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

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

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
19 May 1976, American
NBA Star

George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887, Jamaican
Political leader
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
American novelist

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
17 February 1942, American
American political activist

Henrietta LacksHenrietta Lacks
01 August 1920, American
Source of HeLa Cell Line

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

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
30 June 1930, American

Elena KaganElena Kagan
28 April 1960, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938, American
American singer-songwriter

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Terrell OwensTerrell Owens
07 December 1973, American
American Footballer
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer
Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
1972 AD, American

Scott JoplinScott Joplin
24 November 1868, American
Composer and Pianist

07 June 1958, American
Bessie SmithBessie Smith
15 April 1894, American

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
11 August 1921, American
Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
09 November 1731, American
Compiler of Almanacs

A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
15 April 1889, American
Leader of the African-American civil-rights

Tony DungyTony Dungy
06 October 1955, American
Former NFL Coach & American Football Player

Ernie BanksErnie Banks
31 January 1931, American
Baseball Player
Jasmine JordanJasmine Jordan
07 December 1992, American
Michael Jordan’s Daughter

Orlando BrownOrlando Brown
04 December 1987, American
Actor, Voice Actor, Singer

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist

Royalty BrownRoyalty Brown
27 May 2014, American
Daughter of Chris Brown
Megan BowenMegan Bowen
16 May 1989, American
YouTuber, Actress

George ClintonGeorge Clinton
26 July 1739, American
Fourth Vice President of the U.S.A
Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American

Sky WilliamsSky Williams
31 January 1990, American
YouTube Gamer, Stand-up Comedian & Vlogger
Princess LovePrincess Love
14 August 1984, American
Reality Star, Model

Berry GordyBerry Gordy
28 November 1929, American
Record producer, Musician, Autobiographer,
Michael StrahanMichael Strahan
21 November 1971, American
Television presenter, American football player

Ben E. KingBen E. King
28 September 1938, American
Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter,

Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
19 July 1922, American
Nurse, Baseball player
Ethel WatersEthel Waters
31 October 1896, American
Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor

Wally AmosWally Amos
01 July 1936, American
Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore
30 October 1961, American
Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor,

Savion GloverSavion Glover
19 November 1973, American
Actor, Choreographer, Television actor, Stage

Augusta SavageAugusta Savage
29 February 1892, American

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, JrMarcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr
17 August 1887, Jamaican, British