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.
Ben CarsonBen Carson
(Neurosurgeon)

18 September 1951

Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

American

Virgo

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

03 June 2016

Louisville

American

Capricorn

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
(Astrophysicist)

05 October 1958

Manhattan

American

Libra

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

21 February 1965

North Omaha, Nebraska

African,American

Taurus

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
(Musician)

13 May 1950

Saginaw

American

Taurus

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
(Actor)

17 January 1931

Arkabutla

American

Capricorn

AaliyahAaliyah
(Singer, Dancer, Actor & Model)

16 January 1979

25 August 2001

New York City

American

Capricorn

Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
(Musician)

04 August 1901

06 July 1971

New Orleans

American

Leo

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
(Ballet Dancer)

10 September 1982

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

American

Virgo

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

11 September 1970

Washington, D.C.

American

Virgo

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg

13 November 1955

Manhattan

American

Scorpio

Michael OherMichael Oher
(American Football Player)

28 May 1986

Memphis

American

Gemini

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson

31 January 1919

24 October 1972

Cairo

American

Aquarius

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

23 June 1948

Pin Point, Georgia, U.S.

American

Cancer

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
(NBA Star)

19 May 1976

Mauldin

American

Taurus

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

16 September 1925

14 May 2015

Berclair, Mississippi

American

Virgo

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
(Jazz saxophonist and composer)

23 September 1926

17 July 1967

Hamlet

American

Virgo

Little RichardLittle Richard

05 December 1932

Macon, Georgia, U.S.A

American

Sagittarius

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick
(American Football Quarterback)

03 November 1987

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

American

Scorpio

Emmett TillEmmett Till
(African-American teenager)

25 July 1941

28 August 1955

Chicago

American

Leo

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony

29 May 1984

Brooklyn, New York

Gemini

George WallaceGeorge Wallace

25 August 1919

13 September 1998

Clio, Alabama

American

Virgo

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

10 June 1940

Jamaican

Leo

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

01 February 1902

22 May 1967

Joplin, Missouri, United States

American

Aquarius

Terrell OwensTerrell Owens
(American Footballer)

07 December 1973

Alexander City

American

Sagittarius

Jay-ZJay-Z
(Rapper)

04 December 1969

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
(Singer)

23 March 1953

Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois

American

Aries

PrincePrince
(Singer)

07 June 1958

21 April 2016

Minneapolis

American

Gemini

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
(American novelist)

18 February 1931

Lorain, Ohio

American

Aquarius

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

28 April 1960

Upper West Side, New York City, New York, United States

American

Taurus

Kellita SmithKellita Smith
(Model, Actress, Comedian)

15 January 1969

Oakland, California, USA

American

Capricorn

Bill WithersBill Withers
(American singer-songwriter)

04 July 1938

Slab Fork

American

Cancer

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
(Singer)

15 April 1894

26 September 1937

Chattanooga

American

Aries

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
(American tennis player)

17 June 1980

Lynwood, California

American

Gemini

Willie MaysWillie Mays
(Former Professional Baseball Star)

06 May 1931

Westfield, Alabama

American

Taurus

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

09 April 1898

23 January 1976

Princeton, New Jersey, U.S

American

Aries

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
(American political activist)

17 February 1942

22 August 1989

Monroe

American

Aquarius

Scott JoplinScott Joplin
(Composer and Pianist)

1868 AD

01 April 1917

Texas

American

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

07 January 1891

28 January 1960

Notasulga

American

Capricorn

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

06 October 1955

Jackson, Michigan

American

Libra

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
(Writer)

11 August 1921

10 February 1992

Ithaca

American

Leo

Ernie BanksErnie Banks
(Baseball Player)

31 January 1931

23 January 2015

Dallas

American

Aquarius

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
(Compiler of Almanacs)

09 November 1731

09 October 1806

Baltimore County

American

Scorpio

Ato EssandohAto Essandoh
(Actor)

1972 AD

Schenectady, New York, United States

American

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

15 April 1889

16 May 1979

Crescent City

American

Aries

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

26 July 1739

20 April 1812

Little Britain

American

Leo

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
(Civil Rights Activist)

23 September 1863

24 July 1954

Memphis

American

Virgo

Jasmine JordanJasmine Jordan
(Michael Jordan’s Daughter)

07 December 1992

Chicago, Illinois, USA

American

Sagittarius

Royalty BrownRoyalty Brown
(Daughter of Chris Brown)

27 May 2014

Texas

American

Gemini

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

31 January 1990

San Jose, California

American

Aquarius

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
(Journalist)

15 August 1978

Washington, D.C.; United States

American

Leo

Megan BowenMegan Bowen
(YouTuber, Actress)

16 May 1989

Illinois, USA

American

Taurus

Princess LovePrincess Love
(Reality Star, Model)

14 August 1984

Oakland, California

American

Leo

Nina SimoneNina Simone
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Pianist, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Singer)

21 February 1933

21 April 2003

Tryon

American

Pisces

Michael StrahanMichael Strahan
(Television presenter, American football player)

21 November 1971

Houston

American

Scorpio

Ray LewisRay Lewis
(American football player, Author)

15 May 1975

Bartow

American

Taurus

Muddy WatersMuddy Waters
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Street artist)

04 April 1913

30 April 1983

Rolling Fork, Mississippi

American

Aries

Walter PaytonWalter Payton
(American football player)

25 July 1954

01 November 1999

Columbia

American

Leo

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

28 November 1929

Detroit

American

Sagittarius

Reggie JacksonReggie Jackson
(Baseball player)

18 May 1946

Wyncote

American

Taurus

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

28 September 1938

30 April 2015

Henderson

American

Libra

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

30 October 1961

Los Angeles

American

Scorpio

Rachel RobinsonRachel Robinson
(Nurse, Baseball player)

19 July 1922

Los Angeles

American

Cancer

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

31 October 1896

01 September 1977

Chester County

American

Scorpio

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

19 November 1973

Newark

American

Scorpio

Wally AmosWally Amos
(Businessperson)

01 July 1936

Tallahassee

American

Cancer

Augusta SavageAugusta Savage
(Sculptor)

29 February 1892

26 March 1962

Green Cove Springs

American

Pisces

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, JrMarcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr

17 August 1887

10 June 1940

Saint Ann Parish

Jamaican,British

Leo

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