Famous Black Historical Personalities

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 1 Kamehameha I

Kamehameha I
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Famous As: King of Hawaii
Birthdate: 1758 AD
Nationality: American
Died: May 8, 1819

 2 Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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Famous As: Haitian General
Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Guinean, Haitian
Died: August 17, 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

 3 Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga
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Famous As: 17th Century Queen of Angola
Birthdate: 1583 AD
Nationality: Angolan
Died: December 17, 1663

Queen Nzinga, also known as Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba, was the queen of the Kingdoms of Ndongo and Matamba. Born into the family of Ndongo, Nzinga assumed power after the demise of her father and sibling, after which she fought for the stature and Independence of her kingdoms from the Portuguese. Her reign lasted 37 years.

 4 Sobhuza II

Sobhuza II
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Famous As: Former King of Swaziland
Birthdate: July 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South African
Died: August 21, 1982

Sobhuza II was the king of Swaziland from 1899 to 1982, although his coronation took place in 1921 as he was too young to rule early in his reign. His reign of 82 years and 254 days makes him the longest-reigning monarch in recorded history. Sobhuza II played a key role in events that eventually led to his country's independence.

 5 Yohannes IV

Yohannes IV
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 11, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: March 10, 1889

 6 Cetshwayo

Cetshwayo
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1826 AD
Nationality: South African
Died: February 8, 1884

 7 Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho

Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Mosotho
Died: January 15, 1996
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 8 Muteesa I of Buganda

Muteesa I of Buganda
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Nationality: Ugandan
Died: September 30, 1884

 9 Sumanguru

Sumanguru
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Famous As: West African ruler
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Gambian

 10 Muhammadu Maccido

Muhammadu Maccido
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: April 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: October 29, 2006

 11 Letsie III of Lesotho

Letsie III of Lesotho
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Famous As: King of Lesotho
Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Mosotho

 12 Tiruwork Wube

Tiruwork Wube
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: May 16, 1868

 13 Zewditu

Zewditu
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Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: April 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: April 2, 1930

 14 Menen Asfaw

Menen Asfaw
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Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: April 3, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: February 15, 1962

 15 Taytu Betul

Taytu Betul
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Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: August 17, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: February 11, 1918

 16 Eleni of Ethiopia

Eleni of Ethiopia
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: March 31, 1522

 17 Medferiashwork Abebe

Medferiashwork Abebe
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: 1922 AD
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: March 13, 2009