Famous Black Miscellaneous

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 1 Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Wife of the former U.S President, Barack Obama, and one of the most popular First Ladies of the United States, Michelle Obama is a celebrity in her own right. She is still very popular and is a sought-after speaker around the globe and often lends her voice to issues like poverty awareness, education, nutrition, women’s rights, immigration and racism.

 2 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman
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.

 3 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 4 Emmett Till

Emmett Till
Famous As: African-American teenager
Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: August 28, 1955

In the 1950s, a teenage African-American boy, Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured and brutally killed for allegedly misbehaving with a white woman. Those responsible were never convicted but the brutality of the crime brought focus on racial discrimination and African-American Civil Rights Movement. It eventually played a crucial role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

 5 Rodney King

Rodney King
Famous As: Victim of Police Abuse
Birthdate: April 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: June 17, 2012

A black man, Rodney King became a victim of police brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991. He was brutally beaten up by a group of police officers when he was trying to evade getting arrested for drunk driving. His case made international news and caused a public furor. King died of accidental drowning in 2012.

 6 Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Bahamian, American

Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

 7 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice
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.

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 8 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 9 Ronnie Coleman

Ronnie Coleman
Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: May 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 10 Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu
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.

 11 Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks
Famous As: Source of HeLa Cell Line
Birthdate: August 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 4, 1951
Henrietta Lacks was a woman whose cancer cells were preserved and led to the first immortalized cell line, or the HeLa cell line, that was later used for medical research. Neither Lacks or her family members were compensated, and no consent was sought. Her story later inspired an HBO movie.

 12 Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson
Famous As: Talent Manager
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 27, 2018
Talent manager Joe Jackson was the patriarch of the Jackson family and managed The Jackson 5, which included his son Michael Jackson and daughter Janet Jackson, who grew up to be legendary artists. Joe owned Joe Jackson Productions. He was also a Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame inductee. 

 13 Master P

Master P
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 14 Barack Obama Sr.

Barack Obama Sr.
Famous As: Kenyan Official
Birthdate: June 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Kenyan
Died: November 24, 1982
Barack Obama Sr. was a Kenyan economist and the father of former U.S. president Barack Obama. He was already married when he received a scholarship to the University of Hawaii, where he met Stanley Dunham, Obama Jr.’s mother. He was blacklisted in Kenya, due to issues with President Jomo Kenyatta.

 15 Nat Turner

Nat Turner
Famous As: Leader of Slave Rebellion
Birthdate: October 2, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 11, 1831

 16 Alfredo Bowman

Alfredo Bowman
Famous As: Herbalist
Birthdate: November 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Honduran
Died: August 6, 2016

Alfredo Bowman was a Honduran self-proclaimed healer and herbalist. Bowman was known for his dramatic claims that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS and diseases could be cured with a vegan diet and herbs. His client list included celebrities like Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy. Bowman often landed in trouble for his controversial claims and was arrested on a couple of occasions.

 17 Kofi Annan

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

Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. During his stint with the UN, he launched the UN Global Compact and worked to combat HIV/AIDS. 

 18 Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin
Famous As: Shooting Victim
Birthdate: February 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 3, 2012

Trayvon Martin was an African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a Hispanic-American named George Zimmerman in 2012. Although Zimmerman was acquitted based on Florida's stand your ground law, Martin's death led to rallies, marches, and protests across the nation. The protests forced the governor of Florida to examine Florida's self-defense laws.

 19 Van Jones

Van Jones
Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 LeBron James Jr.

LeBron James Jr.
Famous As: Son of LeBron James
Birthdate: October 6, 2004
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

LeBron James Jr., popularly known as Bronny James, is an American basketball player. The son of popular professional basketball player LeBron James, LeBron James Jr. has followed in the footsteps of his father, proving to be an important player for his team at school. Apart from playing basketball, he also creates content for the popular e-sports team FaZe Clan.

 21 A'Lelia Walker

A'Lelia Walker
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 17, 1931

 22 Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
Famous As: First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to fly into space, as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. A qualified physician, she has served as a Peace Corps doctor, too. She has written several books and established a non-profit and a tech research organization.

 23 Vince Staples

Vince Staples
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 24 Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams
Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: May 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 25 Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 26 Seretse Khama

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

 27 Sarah Baartman

Sarah Baartman
Famous As: A Freak Show Attraction
Birthdate: 1787 AD
Nationality: South African
Died: 1815 AD
Sara Baartman, a popular subject of feminist criticism, was a South African Khoikhoi woman who was made a freak-show attraction, as the Hottentot Venus, in the 19th century, due to her large buttocks. She was a victim of the European men’s obsession with “exotic” Black women, whom they objectified.

 28 Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman
Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 30, 1926

 29 Rohan Marley

Rohan Marley
Famous As: Bob Marley’s Son
Birthdate: May 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Rohan Marley is a Jamaican entrepreneur and son of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. A former football player, Marley played for the University of Miami, where he was teammates with Dwayne Johnson, Ray Lewis, and Warren Sapp. He then went on to play professional football for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League.

 30 T. D. Jakes

T. D. Jakes
Famous As: Priest, Author, Writer
Birthdate: June 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Dred Scott

Dred Scott
Famous As: American slave
Birthdate: 1799 AD
Nationality: American
Died: September 17, 1858

 32 Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence
Famous As: Victim
Birthdate: September 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: April 22, 1993

 33 Thomas Mikal Ford

Thomas Mikal Ford
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 2016

 34 Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Cuban

 35 Ennis Cosby

Ennis Cosby
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 1997

 36 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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

 37 Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks
Famous As: First person killed during the Boston Massacre
Birthdate: 1723 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1770 AD

 38 John Conyers

John Conyers
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 27, 2019

 39 Ota Benga

Ota Benga
Famous As: Congolese Mbuti Pygmy
Birthdate: February 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Congolese
Died: March 20, 1916

Ota Benga was a Mbuti man best remembered for being a human zoo exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in 1906. After a petition for his release, Benga was sent to the Howard Colored Orphan Asylum, where he learned English before working at a Lynchburg tobacco factory. Unfortunately, he committed suicide in 1916 after a failed attempt to return to Africa.

 40 Ken Carter

Ken Carter
Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: February 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 41 Black Thought

Black Thought
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 42 Qubilah Shabazz

Qubilah Shabazz
Famous As: Malcolm X's Daughter
Birthdate: December 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Qubilah Shabazz is the second daughter of human rights activist, Malcolm X, and his wife, Betty Shabazz. She had a tumultuous childhood. As a four-year-old, she witnessed the assassination of her father by three gunmen. The troubles in her personal life continued even after she grew up, and she became an alcoholic and developed a drug addiction.

 43 Doris Miller

Doris Miller
Famous As: Navy Man
Birthdate: October 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 24, 1943

 44 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 45 James Prince

James Prince
Famous As: Music Executive
Birthdate: October 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 46 Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: July 10, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 18, 1955

 47 Billy Blanks

Billy Blanks
Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: September 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 48 Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 Mary Fields

Mary Fields
Famous As: Mail carrier
Birthdate: 1832 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1914 AD

 50 Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff
Famous As: Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Jamaican