Famous Black Intellectuals & Academics

 1 Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the few personalities known for his disdain of self-promotion, Thomas Sowell is an important American social theorist and economist. Over the years, he has played a prominent role working as a faculty member of many prestigious universities, such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Cornell University

 2 W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activists
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. Du Bois played an instrumental role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. A co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement.

 3 Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu
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Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist
Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Desmond Tutu is known for his anti-Apartheid activism in South Africa. The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, he has also been the Bishop of Johannesburg. His efforts to eradicate AIDS, poverty, anti-LGBT sentiments, and human rights violations earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 4 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Famous As: Diplomat, Economist
Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian

 5 Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Algerian, French, Martiniquan
Died: December 6, 1961

 6 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1960

 7 N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 8 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 9 Thabo Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South African

 10 John McWhorter

John McWhorter
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: October 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 11 Julius Nyerere

Julius Nyerere
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Famous As: Linguist, Politician, Translator
Birthdate: April 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Tanzanian
Died: October 14, 1999

 12 Judy Smith

Judy Smith
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Famous As: Crisis manager
Birthdate: October 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 13 Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 3, 1950

 14 Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: February 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Zambian

 15 Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Samuel Ajayi Crowther
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: 1809 AD
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: December 31, 1891

 16 Kenneth Bancroft Clark

Kenneth Bancroft Clark
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: July 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 1, 2005

 17 Francis Arinze

Francis Arinze
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Famous As: Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest
Birthdate: November 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian

 18 Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor, Children's writer
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: January 25, 2017

 19 Édouard Glissant

Édouard Glissant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: February 3, 2011

 20 Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
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Birthdate: June 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 21 Christiane Taubira

Christiane Taubira
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French

 22 Molefi Kete Asante

Molefi Kete Asante
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: August 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 23 Sol Plaatje

Sol Plaatje
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 9, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Died: June 19, 1932

 24 William Wells Brown

William Wells Brown
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Famous As: Writer, Historian, Novelist
Birthdate: November 6, 1814
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: November 6, 1884

 25 Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta Cole
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Famous As: Anthropologist and educator
Birthdate: October 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 26 Charles S. Johnson

Charles S. Johnson
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: July 24, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 27, 1956

 27 Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 29, 1994

 28 Peter John Gomes

Peter John Gomes
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: May 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 28, 2011

 29 Sir Arthur Lewis

Sir Arthur Lewis
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Saint Lucian
Died: June 15, 1991

 30 Pauline Hopkins

Pauline Hopkins
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1859 AD
Nationality: American
Died: August 13, 1930

 31 Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: 1987 AD
Nationality: Botswanan

 32 Alexis Kagame

Alexis Kagame
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Rwandan
Died: December 2, 1981

 33 Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Trinidadian

 34 Claude Ake

Claude Ake
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: February 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: November 7, 1996

 35 Lovemore Madhuku

Lovemore Madhuku
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Zimbabwean

 36 Djibril Tamsir Niane

Djibril Tamsir Niane
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: January 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Guinean

 37 Archibald Campbell Jordan

Archibald Campbell Jordan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 30, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South African
Died: October 20, 1968

 38 Houston A. Baker, Jr.

Houston A. Baker, Jr.
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: March 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 Byllye Avery

Byllye Avery
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Famous As: Healthcare Leader
Birthdate: October 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 40 Kenneth Oakley

Kenneth Oakley
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: April 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: November 2, 1981

 41 Georgios Hatzidakis

Georgios Hatzidakis
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: 1848 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: June 27, 1941