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.
Jay-ZJay-Z
(Rapper)

04 December 1969

American

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

American

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

American

AaliyahAaliyah
(Singer, Dancer, Actor & Model)

16 January 1979

American

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson

31 January 1919

American

Emmett TillEmmett Till
(African-American teenager)

25 July 1941

American

Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
(Actress, Singer)

11 September 1970

American

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
(Musician)

13 May 1950

American

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg

13 November 1955

American

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony

29 May 1984

American

Michael OherMichael Oher
(American Football Player)

28 May 1986

American

Nina SimoneNina Simone
(Singer-songwriter, Composer)

21 February 1933

American

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
(Actor)

17 January 1931

American

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick
(American Football Quarterback)

03 November 1987

American

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
(Astrophysicist)

05 October 1958

American

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

23 June 1948

American

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
(Musician)

04 August 1901

American

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
(NBA Star)

19 May 1976

American

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
(American tennis player)

17 June 1980

American

Terrell OwensTerrell Owens
(American Footballer)

07 December 1973

American

George WallaceGeorge Wallace

25 August 1919

American

Little RichardLittle Richard

05 December 1932

American

Elena KaganElena Kagan
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

28 April 1960

American

B.B. KingB.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)

16 September 1925

American

Ben CarsonBen Carson
(Neurosurgeon)

18 September 1951

American

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
(Jazz saxophonist and composer)

23 September 1926

American

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

Jamaican

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
(Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist)

01 February 1902

American

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
(Economist)

30 June 1930

American

Henrietta LacksHenrietta Lacks
(Source of HeLa Cell Line)

01 August 1920

American

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
(Singer)

23 March 1953

American

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
(American novelist)

18 February 1931

American

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
(American political activist)

17 February 1942

American

Bill WithersBill Withers
(American singer-songwriter)

04 July 1938

American

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

07 January 1891

American

Willie MaysWillie Mays
(Former Professional Baseball Star)

06 May 1931

American

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
(Ballet Dancer)

10 September 1982

American

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
(Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist)

09 April 1898

American

PrincePrince
(Singer)

07 June 1958

American

Scott JoplinScott Joplin
(Composer and Pianist)

24 November 1868

American

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
(Singer)

15 April 1894

American

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
(Writer)

11 August 1921

American

Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
(Actor)

1972 AD

American

Tony DungyTony Dungy
(Former NFL Coach & American Football Player)

06 October 1955

American

A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
(Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,)

15 April 1889

American

Kellita SmithKellita Smith
(Model, Actress, Comedian)

15 January 1969

American

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
(Compiler of Almanacs)

09 November 1731

American

Ernie BanksErnie Banks
(Baseball Player)

31 January 1931

American

Royalty BrownRoyalty Brown
(Daughter of Chris Brown)

27 May 2014

American

Jasmine JordanJasmine Jordan
(Michael Jordan’s Daughter)

07 December 1992

American

Orlando BrownOrlando Brown
(Actor, Voice Actor, Singer)

04 December 1987

American

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
(Civil Rights Activist)

23 September 1863

American

Megan BowenMegan Bowen
(YouTuber, Actress)

16 May 1989

American

George ClintonGeorge Clinton
(Fourth Vice President of the U.S.A)

26 July 1739

American

Princess LovePrincess Love
(Reality Star, Model)

14 August 1984

American

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
(Journalist)

15 August 1978

American

Sky WilliamsSky Williams
(YouTube Gamer, Stand-up Comedian & Vlogger)

31 January 1990

American

Berry GordyBerry Gordy
(Record producer, Musician, Autobiographer, Songwriter)

28 November 1929

American

Michael StrahanMichael Strahan
(Television presenter, American football player)

21 November 1971

American

Ben E. KingBen E. King
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Record producer)

28 September 1938

American

Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
(Nurse, Baseball player)

19 July 1922

American

Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore
(Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian, Television actor, Journalist)

30 October 1961

American

Wally AmosWally Amos
(Businessperson)

01 July 1936

American

Ethel WatersEthel Waters
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor)

31 October 1896

American

Savion GloverSavion Glover
(Actor, Choreographer, Television actor, Stage actor)

19 November 1973

American

Augusta SavageAugusta Savage
(Sculptor)

29 February 1892

American

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, JrMarcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr

17 August 1887

Jamaican,British