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
 
PrincePrince
07 June 1958, American
Singer

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

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931, American
Actor

AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979, American
American singer
Emmett TillEmmett Till
25 July 1941, American
African-American teenager

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 

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

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Elena KaganElena Kagan
28 April 1960, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
05 October 1958, American
Astrophysicist

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
15 April 1894, American
Singer

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

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Professional baseball player
Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Trumpeter

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick
03 November 1987, American
American Football Quarterback

George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American
 

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter
Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984, American
 

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer
Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
30 June 1930, American
Economist

Little RichardLittle Richard
05 December 1932, American
 

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
19 May 1976, American
NBA Star
Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938, American
American singer-songwriter

Henrietta LacksHenrietta Lacks
01 August 1920, American
Source of HeLa Cell Line
Tony DungyTony Dungy
06 October 1955, American
Former NFL Coach & American Football Player

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

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Singer
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

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Terrell OwensTerrell Owens
07 December 1973, American
American Footballer
John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

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

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

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player
George ClintonGeorge Clinton
26 July 1739, American
Fourth Vice President of the U.S.A
Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer

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

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

Willie MaysWillie Mays
06 May 1931, American
Former Professional Baseball Star
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Scott JoplinScott Joplin
24 November 1868, American
Composer and Pianist

Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
1972 AD, American
Actor

Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
11 August 1921, American
Writer
A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
15 April 1889, American
Leader of the African-American civil-rights

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
09 November 1731, American
Compiler of Almanacs
Ernie BanksErnie Banks
31 January 1931, American
Baseball Player

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872, American
Poet

Jay-ZJay-Z
04 December 1969, American
Rapper
Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist

Granville WoodsGranville Woods
23 April 1856, American
Inventor
Malcolm WashingtonMalcolm Washington
10 April 1991, American
Film Director

Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones

Megan BowenMegan Bowen
16 May 1989, American
YouTuber, Actress

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

Sky WilliamsSky Williams
31 January 1990, American
YouTube Gamer, Stand-up Comedian & Vlogger
Royalty BrownRoyalty Brown
27 May 2014, American
Daughter of Chris Brown

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

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American
Journalist

Roy Jones Jr.Roy Jones Jr.
16 January 1969, American, Russian
Boxer
Leslie JonesLeslie Jones
07 September 1967, American
Comedian

Busta RhymesBusta Rhymes
20 May 1972, American
Rapper
CommonCommon
13 March 1972, American
Rapper

Octavia SpencerOctavia Spencer
25 May 1972, American
Actress

Tony GonzalezTony Gonzalez
27 February 1976, American
American Football Player
Craig RobinsonCraig Robinson
25 October 1971, American
Actor

DMXDMX
18 December 1970, American
Rapper
Burgess OwensBurgess Owens
02 August 1951, American
Politician

Donna SummerDonna Summer
31 December 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter

Vivica A. FoxVivica A. Fox
30 July 1964, American
Actress
Berry GordyBerry Gordy
28 November 1929, American
Record Executive

Patrice O'NealPatrice O'Neal
07 December 1969, American
Stand-up Comedian
Redd FoxxRedd Foxx
09 December 1922, American
Comedian

Donnell RawlingsDonnell Rawlings
06 December 1968, American
Comedian

Tyrann MathieuTyrann Mathieu
13 May 1992, American
American Football Player

Vernon DavisVernon Davis
31 January 1984, American
American Football Player
Juan WilliamsJuan Williams
10 April 1954, Panamanian, American
Journalist
Gladys KnightGladys Knight
28 May 1944, American
Singer-Songwriter

MonicaMonica
24 October 1980, American
Singer

Matt BarnesMatt Barnes
09 March 1980, American
Basketball Player

Ryan CooglerRyan Coogler
23 May 1986, American
Director
Tim HowardTim Howard
06 March 1979, American
Football player

Kenyon MartinKenyon Martin
30 December 1977, American
Basketball Player

Dred ScottDred Scott
1799 AD, American
American slave

Nicole ByerNicole Byer
29 August 1986, American
Comedian

J. B. SmooveJ. B. Smoove
16 December 1965, American
Actor
Stephen JacksonStephen Jackson
05 April 1978, American
Basketball Players

E-40E-40
15 November 1967, American
Rapper
Big BoiBig Boi
01 February 1975, American
Rapper

Big LBig L
30 May 1974, American
Rapper
David PatersonDavid Paterson
20 May 1954, American
Politician
S. Epatha MerkersonS. Epatha Merkerson
28 November 1952, American
Film Actress