Famous Black Historical Personalities

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 1 Kamehameha I

Kamehameha I.
Famous As: King of Hawaii
Birthdate: 1758 AD
Birthplace: Kohala, Hawaii
Died: May 8, 1819

 2 Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
Famous As: Haitian General
Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
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 Sobhuza II

Sobhuza II.
Famous As: Former King of Swaziland
Birthdate: July 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zombodze, Swaziland
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.

 4 Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga.
Famous As: 17th Century Queen of Angola
Birthdate: 1583 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Matamba
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.

 5 Yohannes IV

Yohannes IV.
Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 11, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: May Beha, Tembien, Ethiopian Empire
Died: March 10, 1889

 6 Menen Asfaw

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

 7 Zewditu

Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: April 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Werreyimenu, Wollo
Died: April 2, 1930
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 8 Cetshwayo

Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1826 AD
Birthplace: Eshowe, Zulu Kingdom
Died: February 8, 1884

 9 Taytu Betul

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

 10 Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho

Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho
Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morija, Lesotho
Died: January 15, 1996

 11 Muteesa I of Buganda

Muteesa I of Buganda
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Mulago, Kampala, Uganda
Died: September 30, 1884

 12 Sumanguru

Famous As: West African ruler
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Africa

 13 Muhammadu Maccido

Muhammadu Maccido
Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: April 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dange-Shuni, Nigeria
Died: October 29, 2006

 14 Letsie III of Lesotho

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

 15 Eleni of Ethiopia

Eleni of Ethiopia
Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hadiya Sultanate
Died: March 31, 1522

 16 Tiruwork Wube

Tiruwork Wube
Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: May 16, 1868

 17 Medferiashwork Abebe

Medferiashwork Abebe
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: March 13, 2009

 18 Fon Angwafo III of Mankon

Fon Angwafo III of Mankon
Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Unknown

 19 Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar

Jamshid bin Abdullah of Zanzibar
Famous As: King
Birthdate: September 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Unguja, Tanzania

 20 Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo

Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo
Famous As: King, Military leader
Birthdate: June 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ondonga, Namibia

 21 Mawewe

Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Gaza, Africa