Famous Black Non-Fiction Writers

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 1 Anita Hill

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

 2 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cuban, American

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

 3 Van Jones

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

 4 Ralph Sampson

Ralph Sampson
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 5 Barack Obama

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.

 6 Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris
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Famous As: Vice Preseiden 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.  

 7 Larry Elder

Larry Elder
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Famous As: Radio Host
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 8 Mary McLeod Bethune

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

 9 Carter Woodson

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

 10 Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 11 Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

 12 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

 13 Cass Pennant

Cass Pennant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 14 Henry Ossian Flipper

Henry Ossian Flipper
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: March 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 1940

 15 Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 27, 2006

 16 Anna Julia Cooper

Anna Julia Cooper
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Famous As: Author, Educator
Birthdate: August 10, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 27, 1964

 17 Randall Robinson

Randall Robinson
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 18 Pauline Hopkins

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

 19 Carlos Baker

Carlos Baker
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 5, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 18, 1987

 20 Eric D. Walrond

Eric D. Walrond
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 18, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 1966