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
 
AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979, American
American singer

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick
03 November 1987, American
American Football Quarterback

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist

Jay-ZJay-Z
04 December 1969, American
Rapper

Michael OherMichael Oher
28 May 1986, American
American Football Player
Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984, American
 

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 

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

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950, American
Singer-songwriter
James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
17 January 1931, American
Actor

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925, American
Singer-songwriter
Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
11 September 1970, American
Actress, Singer

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
05 October 1958, American
Astrophysicist

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Professional baseball player
Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Musician
Little RichardLittle Richard
05 December 1932, American
 

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer
Terrell OwensTerrell Owens
07 December 1973, American
American Footballer

Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas
23 June 1948, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the
Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Singer

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

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

Tony DungyTony Dungy
06 October 1955, American
Former NFL Coach & American Football Player
George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American
 
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

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

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
19 May 1976, American
NBA Star

Henrietta LacksHenrietta Lacks
01 August 1920, American
Source of HeLa Cell Line
Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938, American
American singer-songwriter

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Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
30 June 1930, American
Economist

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

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

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

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

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
15 April 1894, American
Singer
Scott JoplinScott Joplin
24 November 1868, American
Composer and Pianist

PrincePrince
07 June 1958, American
Singer
Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
11 August 1921, American
Writer

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

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

Royalty BrownRoyalty Brown
27 May 2014, American
Daughter of Chris Brown

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

Megan BowenMegan Bowen
16 May 1989, American
YouTuber, Actress
Granville WoodsGranville Woods
23 April 1856, American
Inventor

Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones
Orlando BrownOrlando Brown
04 December 1987, American
Actor, Voice Actor, Singer

George ClintonGeorge Clinton
26 July 1739, American
Fourth Vice President of the U.S.A

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American
Journalist
Sky WilliamsSky Williams
31 January 1990, American
YouTube Gamer, Stand-up Comedian & Vlogger

Princess LovePrincess Love
14 August 1984, American
Reality Star, Model
Michael StrahanMichael Strahan
21 November 1971, American
Television presenter, American football player

Isaiah MustafaIsaiah Mustafa
11 February 1974, American
Actor

Tony GonzalezTony Gonzalez
27 February 1976, American
American Football Players
Berry GordyBerry Gordy
28 November 1929, American
Record producer, Musician, Autobiographer,

Champ BaileyChamp Bailey
22 June 1978, American
American Football Player
Tyrann MathieuTyrann Mathieu
13 May 1992, American
American Football Player

Vernon DavisVernon Davis
31 January 1984, American
American Football Player

Eric HolderEric Holder
21 January 1951, American
Lawyer

Marvin LewisMarvin Lewis
23 September 1958, American
Coach
Antonio GatesAntonio Gates
18 June 1980, American
American Football Players
Kia StevensKia Stevens
04 September 1977, American
Wrestlers

Darrelle RevisDarrelle Revis
14 July 1985, American
American Football Players

Ryan CooglerRyan Coogler
23 May 1986, American
Director

Nicole ByerNicole Byer
29 August 1986, American
Comedian
Dred ScottDred Scott
1799 AD, American
American slave

Matt BarnesMatt Barnes
09 March 1980, American
Basketball Player

Devonta FreemanDevonta Freeman
15 March 1992, American
American Football Player

Juan WilliamsJuan Williams
10 April 1954, Panamanian, American
Journalist

Flying LotusFlying Lotus
07 October 1983, American
Record Producer
Larry GrahamLarry Graham
14 August 1946, American
Musician

Mario WilliamsMario Williams
31 January 1985, American
American Football Player
Ben E. KingBen E. King
28 September 1938, American
Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter,

Andre RisonAndre Rison
18 March 1967, American
American Football Player

Ron SimmonsRon Simmons
15 May 1958, American
Wrestlers
Travie McCoyTravie McCoy
06 August 1981, American
Rapper

Matt ForteMatt Forte
10 December 1985, American
American Football Player
Reggie WayneReggie Wayne
17 November 1978, American
American Football Player

Stephen JacksonStephen Jackson
05 April 1978, American
Basketball Players

Kenyon MartinKenyon Martin
30 December 1977, American
Basketball Player

Dwight FreeneyDwight Freeney
19 February 1980, American
American Football Player
Ethel WatersEthel Waters
31 October 1896, American
Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor

Sean PriceSean Price
17 March 1972, American
Rapper
Tee MartinTee Martin
25 July 1978, American
Football Coach

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

Slim ThugSlim Thug
08 September 1980, American
Rapper
John RandleJohn Randle
12 December 1967, American
American Football Player