Famous Black Miscellaneous

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 1 Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington.
Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westlake Corner, Virginia, United States
Died: November 14, 1915
Booker T. Washington was born into slavery but rose to be an advisor to many U.S. presidents and also became the director of the Tuskegee Institute. His Atlanta Compromise, initially accepted and later rejected by black leaders, urged the blacks to work for their freedom through education and not revolt.

 2 Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan.
Famous As: Former UN Secretary General
Birthdate: April 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
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. 

 3 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman.
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
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.

 4 Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama.
Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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.

 5 Rihanna

Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

 6 Emmett Till

Emmett Till.
Famous As: African-American teenager
Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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.

 7 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice.
Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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 Rodney King

Rodney King.
Famous As: Victim of Police Abuse
Birthdate: April 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, U.S.
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.

 9 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor.
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York

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.

 10 Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier.
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, U.S.

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.

 11 Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks.
Famous As: Source of HeLa Cell Line
Birthdate: August 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roanoke
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 Colin Powell

Colin Powell.
Famous As: 65th United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: October 18, 2021

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.

 13 Ronnie Coleman

Ronnie Coleman
Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: May 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, USA

 14 LeBron James Jr.

LeBron James Jr..
Famous As: Son of LeBron James
Birthdate: October 6, 2004
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

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.

 15 Nat Turner

Nat Turner.
Famous As: Leader of Slave Rebellion
Birthdate: October 2, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southampton County
Died: November 11, 1831

 16 Barack Obama Sr.

Barack Obama Sr..
Famous As: Kenyan Official
Birthdate: June 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rachuonyo District, Nyang'oma Kogelo
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.

 17 Master P

Master P
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 18 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morns, Oklahoma, USA

 19 Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu.
Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist
Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klerksdorp, South Africa
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.

 20 Alfredo Bowman

Alfredo Bowman.
Famous As: Herbalist
Birthdate: November 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Honduras
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.

 21 Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin.
Famous As: Shooting Victim
Birthdate: February 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
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.

 22 Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson.
Famous As: Talent Manager
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fountain Hill, Arkansas, United States
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. 

 23 Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison.
Famous As: First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Birthdate: October 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States

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.

 24 Sarah Baartman

Sarah Baartman.
Famous As: A Freak Show Attraction
Birthdate: 1787 AD
Birthplace: Gamtoos River, Kouga Local Municipality, South Africa
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.

 25 Vince Staples

Vince Staples
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

 26 Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams
Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: May 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

 27 Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman.
Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas
Died: April 30, 1926

 28 A'Lelia Walker

A'Lelia Walker
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931

 29 Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi.
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia

Somali-American actor, Barkhad Abdi, is best known for his role in the film Captain Phillips, for which he received a British Academy Film Award. Born in Somalia, he relocated to USA after the Somali Civil War broke out. After working in a few odd jobs as a young man, he took up acting and soon found success.

 30 Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Died: July 6, 1992

 31 Stephen Lawrence

Stephen Lawrence
Famous As: Victim
Birthdate: September 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich District Hospital, London, England
Died: April 22, 1993

 32 Dred Scott

Dred Scott
Famous As: American slave
Birthdate: 1799 AD
Birthplace: Southampton County, Virginia
Died: September 17, 1858

 33 Thomas Mikal Ford

Thomas Mikal Ford.
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 12, 2016

 34 Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba

 35 Betty Shabazz

Betty Shabazz
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23, 1997

Civil rights activist and educator Betty Shabazz, or Betty X, was the wife of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Raised by her adoptive parents in Detroit, she met Malcolm X at a Nation of Islam event in Harlem. She died when her apartment was set on fire set by her grandson.

 36 T. D. Jakes

T. D. Jakes
Famous As: Priest, Author, Writer
Birthdate: June 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Charleston

Known for his baritone voice and his signature goatee, T. D. Jakes is a bishop at The Potter's House and a filmmaker, too. He has produced and appeared in films such as Jumping the Broom and Not Easily Broken, the latter being based one of his novels.

 37 Crispus Attucks

Crispus Attucks.
Famous As: First person killed during the Boston Massacre
Birthdate: 1723 AD
Birthplace: Framingham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1770 AD

 38 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keyser, West Virginia

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an American literary critic, historian, professor, filmmaker, and public intellectual. He is currently serving as the director of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Over the years Gates has been honored with several prestigious awards including the National Humanities Medal. In 1997, he was named in Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans list.

 39 Ota Benga

Ota Benga.
Famous As: Congolese Mbuti Pygmy
Birthdate: February 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Colonization of the Congo
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 Ennis Cosby

Ennis Cosby
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 16, 1997

The only son of comedian Bill Cosby, Ennis Cosby made headlines when he was shot dead at 27, in an attempted robbery on a deserted Southern California road. He was dyslexic and discussed his disability with the children he taught as a student-teacher at the Alfred E. Smith Elementary School.

 41 Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates gained international prominence while serving as the national correspondent at The Atlantic. His writings on socio-political issues related to African Americans and white supremacy garnered him much appreciation. He is a recipient of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. He also writes fiction and comics.

 42 Doris Miller

Doris Miller.
Famous As: Navy Man
Birthdate: October 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States
Died: November 24, 1943

Doris Miller was a US Navy cook third class. He became the first black American to be honored with the Navy Cross for saving the lives of many sailors aboard West Virginia by manning an anti-aircraft machine gun to shoot down Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was killed in action while serving in World War II.

 43 John Conyers

John Conyers
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Highland Park, Michigan, United States
Died: October 27, 2019

 44 Black Thought

Black Thought
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 45 Qubilah Shabazz

Qubilah Shabazz.
Famous As: Malcolm X's Daughter
Birthdate: December 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York

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.

 46 Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis
Famous As: Trumpeter
Birthdate: October 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 47 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes.
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

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.

 48 Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron.
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 49 Alberta Williams King

Alberta Williams King
Famous As: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Mother
Birthdate: September 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: June 30, 1974

 50 Attallah Shabazz

Attallah Shabazz.
Famous As: Malcolm X's Daughter
Birthdate: November 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York