Famous Black Political 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 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.

 4 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.  

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 Herman Cain

Herman Cain
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 30, 2020
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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 Kitaw Ejigu

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

 11 Muhammadu Buhari

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

Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician and the current president of Nigeria. Since becoming the president, Buhari has introduced many social welfare programs that address unemployment and poverty. The programs were mainly introduced to help increase economic development in the country.

 12 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

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary. He played a major role in the Rhodesian Bush War, which eventually led to the Lancaster House Agreement, resulting in the creation of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Subsequently, Mugabe served as the first prime minister of Zimbabwe and later as its president. A controversial figure, Mugabe is also often criticized for his tyrannical ways.

 13 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.

 14 Maxine Waters

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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Maxine Waters chairs the House Financial Services Committee and is a U.S. Representative from California. Named to Time 100, she has also chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 1997 to 1999. She has opposed the Iraq War and has been vocally critical of George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

 15 George Weah

George Weah
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Famous As: 25th President of Liberia
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Nationality: Liberian
George Weah, who has been the president of Liberia since 2018, was once a star footballer. The striker was named the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, and played for clubs such as A.C. Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Following his retirement, he established the Congress for Democratic Change.

 16 Michael Steele

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Michael Steele was the first African-American to chair the Republican National Committee, from 2009 to 2011. He has also worked with MSNBC, Fox News, and the online magazine The Root. He was the lieutenant governor of Maryland, from 2003 to 2007, and a partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.

 17 Booker T. Washington

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Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.

 18 Tim Scott

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

 19 Marcus Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: June 10, 1940
Marcus Garvey is remembered as an iconic Black separatist leader who believed that all African-origin people in Europe and America should go back to Africa. He established the Universal Negro Improvement Association, but his activism was not accepted by civil rights activists, who believed in racial integration and not segregation.

 20 Abiy Ahmed

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

Abiy Ahmed is an Ethiopian politician and the current prime minister of Ethiopia. Since becoming the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed has been lauded for launching a wide program of economic and political reforms in Ethiopia. He also played a major role in ending the 20-year Eritrean–Ethiopian War for which he was honored with the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

 21 Tedros Adhanom

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

 22 Cyril Ramaphosa

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

Cyril Ramaphosa is a politician and the current president of South Africa. Also the president of South Africa's popular political party African National Congress (ANC), Ramaphosa played a key role during the nation's transition to democracy during which he served as ANC's chief negotiator. He also played a crucial role in ending apartheid and was considered Nelson Mandela's political heir.

 23 Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ghanaian

 24 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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

 25 Kwame Nkrumah

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

 26 Allen West

Allen West
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 27 Jacob Zuma

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

 28 Yoweri Museveni

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

 29 Loretta Lynch

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

 30 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.

 31 Seretse Khama

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

 32 Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor
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Famous As: Former President of Liberia
Birthdate: January 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Liberian

 33 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

 34 Alan Keyes

Alan Keyes
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 35 Uhuru Kenyatta

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

 36 Bola Tinubu

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

 37 Thabo Mbeki

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

 38 Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan
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Famous As: President of Nigeria
Birthdate: November 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerien

 39 Carol Moseley Braun

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

 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 Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver
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Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 1, 1998

 42 Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo
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Famous As: Former President of Nigeria
Birthdate: March 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian

 43 Mengistu Haile Mariam

Mengistu Haile Mariam
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: May 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Ethiopian

 44 Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick
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Famous As: Former Mayor of Detroit
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 45 Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 46 Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 47 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Famous As: Africa’s First Elected Female Head of State
Birthdate: October 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Liberian

 48 Julius Malema

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

 49 Jomo Kenyatta

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

 50 Yakubu Gowon

Yakubu Gowon
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian, Nigerian