Famous Black Leaders

 1 Barack Obama

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Famous As: 44th U.S. President
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has the distinction of being the first African-American president of the nation. A civil rights attorney and an academic, he has been credited with bringing about a significant improvement in America’s reputation abroad. His efforts to strengthen international diplomacy was recognized with the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

 2 Martin Luther King Jr.

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Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: January 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 1968

A leader in the civil rights movement in the mid-twentieth century, Martin Luther King Jr. is best remembered for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. A man of Christian faith who was inspired by Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent activism, he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting racial inequality.  

 3 Kamala Harris

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Famous As: Vice Preseident-Elect of the United States
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

A Democrat politician and lawyer, Kamala Harris is the vice president-elect of the United States. She will assume the office on 20 January 2021, alongside President-elect Joe Biden.  Half-Indian, half-Jamaican, Harris is the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian-American to be elected vice president.  

 4 Nelson Mandela

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Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa
Birthdate: July 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South African
Died: December 5, 2013
Revered as the Father of the Nation by the South Africans, Nelson Mandela was a statesman who rose to become the country’s first black head of state. He reconciled a nation divided along racial lines and dismantled the legacy of apartheid.

 5 Harriet Tubman

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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

 6 Condoleezza Rice

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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

The 66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made history in 2005 when she became the first female black Secretary of State. She is also the first female to serve as National Security Advisor, a position which she served from 2001 to 2005. One of the most powerful women in the world at one point of time, she has been depicted in Hollywood films.

 7 Marcus Garvey

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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: June 10, 1940
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 8 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

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Famous As: Politician, Anti-Apartheid Activist
Birthdate: September 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Died: April 2, 2018

 9 Barbara Jordan

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 17, 1996

 10 Herman Cain

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 30, 2020

 11 Ilhan Omar

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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: October 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Ilhan Omar became the first woman of color to serve as Minnesota's representative in the United States Congress when she was elected in 2019. A popular and influential politician, she supports universal healthcare, affordable housing, and student loan debt forgiveness. Also a human rights and LGBT rights activist, she was featured in Maroon 5's Girls Like You music video.

 12 Idi Amin

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Famous As: Former President of Uganda
Birthdate: 1925 AD
Nationality: Ugandan
Died: August 16, 2003
Idi Amin started his career as a cook with the British colonial army of Uganda and became an army commander later. After deposing the Ugandan president, he declared himself the president. The “Butcher of Uganda” was known for his despotic rule and was responsible for almost 500,000 deaths.

 13 Kitaw Ejigu

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Famous As: Space Scientist
Birthdate: February 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ethiopian
Died: January 13, 2006

 14 John Lewis

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Famous As: Former United States Representative
Birthdate: February 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 2020

Popularly known as one of the Big Six—leaders of six important civil rights organizations who masterminded the Great March on Washington in 1963—John Lewis played an important role in the civil rights movement that eventually ended racial segregation in the US. Also a statesman, Lewis was honored with many awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 15 Colin Powell

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Famous As: 65th United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A veteran politician who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he was an army man prior to entering politics. He was a  four-star general at the time of his retirement. After leaving politics, he pursued a career as a public speaker.

 16 Tim Scott

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 17 Ben Carson

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Famous As: Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is credited with many pioneering neurosurgical procedures. He became a Library of Congress “Living Legend” and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He later contested in the 2016 presidential primaries, has authored numerous books, was a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and earned 60 honorary doctorates.

 18 Shirley Chisholm

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Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 2005

A courageous political leader, Shirley Chisholm made history when she became the first African-American woman to be elected the United States Congresswoman. Later, she yet again created history when she—though unsuccessfullyVran for Democratic Party's presidential nomination to contest for US presidency. Throughout her career, she advocated racial equality and women empowerment. As an author, she penned two books.

 19 Louis Farrakhan

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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: May 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Louis Farrakhan, formerly known as Louis X, is the leader of the ‘Nation of Islam’ which has been called a black nationalist organisation and a hate group. He has been described as anti-Semitic by monitoring organisations and has been accused of promoting anti-white theology and black superiority over whites. He was banned from Facebook in 2019 for being an extremist.

 20 Muhammadu Buhari

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nigerian

 21 Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe
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Famous As: Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Zimbabwean
Died: September 6, 2019

 22 Tedros Adhanom

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ethiopian

 23 Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington
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Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 14, 1915

 24 Michael Steele

Michael Steele
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 25 George Weah

George Weah
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Famous As: 25th President of Liberia
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Nationality: Liberian

 26 Maxine Waters

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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 27 Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa
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Famous As: President of South Africa
Birthdate: November 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South African

 28 Thomas Sankara

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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Burkinabe
Died: October 15, 1987

 29 Desmond Tutu

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Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist
Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African

 30 Paul Kagame

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Famous As: President of Rwanda
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Rwandan

 31 Kofi Annan

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Famous As: Former UN Secretary General
Birthdate: April 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: August 18, 2018

 32 Elijah Cummings

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Famous As: Former United States Representative
Birthdate: January 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 17, 2019

Elijah Cummings was an important and influential American politician and advocate of civil rights. Such was his impact on American politics that after his death, he became the first black lawmaker to be honored with a state funeral at the United States Capitol. His official funeral was attended by personalities like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton.

 33 Mobutu Sese Seko

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Famous As: Dictator
Birthdate: October 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Congolese, Moroccan
Died: September 7, 1997

 34 Jacob Zuma

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Famous As: Fourth President of South Africa
Birthdate: April 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South African

 35 Jomo Kenyatta

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Kenya
Birthdate: October 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Kenyan
Died: August 22, 1978

 36 Kwame Nkrumah

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Famous As: First President of Ghana
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Ghanaian, Romanian
Died: April 27, 1972

 37 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Malian

 38 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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

 39 Loretta Lynch

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Famous As: Former Attorney General of the United States
Birthdate: May 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 40 Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 41 Abiy Ahmed

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Famous As: Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Birthdate: August 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Ethiopian

 42 Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume
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Famous As: American Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 43 Juvénal Habyarimana

Juvenal Habyarimana
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Famous As: President of Rwanda
Birthdate: March 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Rwandan
Died: April 6, 1994

 44 Thabo Mbeki

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

 45 Carol Moseley Braun

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Famous As: politician, diplomat, prosecutor, lawyer
Birthdate: August 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality:

 46 Seretse Khama

Seretse Khama
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Botswanan
Died: July 13, 1980

 47 Uhuru Kenyatta

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Famous As: President of Kenya
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Kenyan

 48 Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni
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Famous As: President of Uganda
Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Ugandan

 49 Bola Tinubu

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Famous As: Accountant, Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Nigerian

 50 Julius Malema

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South African