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.
Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American
 

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick
03 November 1987, American
American Football Quarterback

Emmett TillEmmett Till
25 July 1941, American
African-American teenager

AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979, American
American singer

Jay-ZJay-Z
04 December 1969, American
Rapper
Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Professional baseball player

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
30 June 1930, American
Economist

Michael OherMichael Oher
28 May 1986, American
American Football Player
Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter

George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American
 
Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas
23 June 1948, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984, American
 
James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931, American
Actor

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

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Henrietta LacksHenrietta Lacks
01 August 1920, American
Source of HeLa Cell Line
B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
19 May 1976, American
NBA Star
Little RichardLittle Richard
05 December 1932, American
 

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
05 October 1958, American
Astrophysicist

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Trumpeter
Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
11 September 1970, American
Actress

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887, Jamaican
Political leader
Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer
Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938, American
American singer-songwriter

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Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Singer
Elena KaganElena Kagan
28 April 1960, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Terrell OwensTerrell Owens
07 December 1973, American
American Footballer

Willie MaysWillie Mays
06 May 1931, American
Former Professional Baseball Star
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist
Bessie SmithBessie Smith
15 April 1894, American
Singer

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
11 August 1921, American
Writer

Scott JoplinScott Joplin
24 November 1868, American
Composer and Pianist

A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
15 April 1889, American
Leader of the African-American civil-rights
Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer

PrincePrince
07 June 1958, American
Singer

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

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
09 November 1731, American
Compiler of Almanacs

Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian
Ernie BanksErnie Banks
31 January 1931, American
Baseball Player

Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
1972 AD, American
Actor
Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872, American
Poet

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

George ClintonGeorge Clinton
26 July 1739, American
Fourth Vice President of the U.S.A
Granville WoodsGranville Woods
23 April 1856, American
Inventor

Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones
Megan BowenMegan Bowen
16 May 1989, American
YouTuber, Actress

Malcolm WashingtonMalcolm Washington
10 April 1991, American
Film Director

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

Jasmine JordanJasmine Jordan
07 December 1992, American
Michael Jordan’s Daughter

Royalty BrownRoyalty Brown
27 May 2014, American
Daughter of Chris Brown
Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American
Journalist

Princess LovePrincess Love
14 August 1984, American
Reality Star, Model

Sky WilliamsSky Williams
31 January 1990, American
YouTube Gamer, Stand-up Comedian & Vlogger

Roy Jones Jr.Roy Jones Jr.
16 January 1969, American, Russian
Boxer
Mona LisaMona Lisa
20 November 1979, American
Singer-Songwriter

Stephen JacksonStephen Jackson
05 April 1978, American
Basketball Players
Octavia SpencerOctavia Spencer
25 May 1972, American
Actress

Donna SummerDonna Summer
31 December 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter

Vivica A. FoxVivica A. Fox
30 July 1964, American
Actress
Michael StrahanMichael Strahan
21 November 1971, American
Television presenter, American football player

Redd FoxxRedd Foxx
09 December 1922, American
Comedian
Ryan CooglerRyan Coogler
23 May 1986, American
Director

Berry GordyBerry Gordy
28 November 1929, American
Record Executive

Busta RhymesBusta Rhymes
20 May 1972, American
Rapper
Gladys KnightGladys Knight
28 May 1944, American
Singer-Songwriter

Juan WilliamsJuan Williams
10 April 1954, Panamanian, American
Journalist
Matt BarnesMatt Barnes
09 March 1980, American
Basketball Player

Dred ScottDred Scott
1799 AD, American
American slave

J. B. SmooveJ. B. Smoove
16 December 1965, American
Actor

Nicole ByerNicole Byer
29 August 1986, American
Comedian
Tim HowardTim Howard
06 March 1979, American
Football player
Big LBig L
30 May 1974, American
Rapper

Deon ColeDeon Cole
09 January 1972, American
Actor

Black ThoughtBlack Thought
03 October 1971, American
Rapper

Big BoiBig Boi
01 February 1975, American
Rapper
Isaiah MustafaIsaiah Mustafa
11 February 1974, American
Actor

S. Epatha MerkersonS. Epatha Merkerson
28 November 1952, American
Film Actress

Tyrann MathieuTyrann Mathieu
13 May 1992, American
American Football Player

E-40E-40
15 November 1967, American
Rapper

Larry GrahamLarry Graham
14 August 1946, American
Musician
Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
19 July 1922, American
Nurse, Baseball player

Ron SimmonsRon Simmons
15 May 1958, American
Wrestlers
David PatersonDavid Paterson
20 May 1954, American
Politician

Tony GonzalezTony Gonzalez
27 February 1976, American
American Football Player
Andre RisonAndre Rison
18 March 1967, American
American Football Player
ChamillionaireChamillionaire
28 November 1979, American
Rapper