Famous Black Revolutionaries

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 1 Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Jean-Jacques Dessalines
Famous As: Haitian General
Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: August 17, 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

 2 Kenneth Kaunda

Kenneth Kaunda
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chinsali, Awemba North, Northern Rhodesia
Died: June 17, 2021

Kenneth Kaunda is a Zambian former politician. He served as the first president of Zambia from 1964 to 1991. A major figure in Zambia’s struggle for independence from British rule, he became the first president of independent Zambia. As the president, he implemented many educational and economic reforms to accelerate the rate of modernization in the country.

 3 Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe
Famous As: Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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.

 4 Denmark Vesey

Denmark Vesey
Famous As: Carpenters
Birthdate: 1767 AD
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: July 2, 1822

Sold as a slave in childhood, Denmark Vesey adopted the surname of his master. He later purchased his freedom with the money he had won in a lottery. Earning a living as a carpenter, he simultaneously launched a slave rebellion and planned a coup but was eventually hanged to death.

 5 Jonas Savimbi

Jonas Savimbi
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Munhango, Angola
Died: February 22, 2002

 6 Laurent-Désiré Kabila

Laurent-Désiré Kabila
Famous As: 3rd President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Birthdate: November 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moba, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: January 16, 2001

 7 Michael X

Michael X
Famous As: Civil rights activist, Revolutionary
Birthdate: August 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: May 16, 1975
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 8 Agostinho Neto

Agostinho Neto
Famous As: Former President of Angola
Birthdate: September 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ícolo e Bengo
Died: September 10, 1979

MPLA leader Agostinho Neto was Angola’s first president. Born to school teacher parents, Neto grew up to become a poet and later studied medicine. However, while pursuing his academic career, he also participated in indigenous movements. Following his arrest and the subsequent unrest, he joined the Angolan liberation movement.

 9 Gabriel Prosser

Gabriel Prosser
Famous As: Blacksmith
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 10, 1800

One of the rare literate slaves of the colonial era, Gabriel Prosser was born into slavery at a tobacco plantation in Virginia. He led one of the first great slave revolutions of the U.S., aspiring to create an all-Black state, with himself as the king. He was eventually hanged.

 10 Sam Nujoma

Sam Nujoma
Famous As: 1st President of Namibia
Birthdate: May 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ongandjera, Namibia

 11 Dutty Boukman

Dutty Boukman
Famous As: Early leader of the Haitian Revolution
Birthdate: 1767 AD
Birthplace: Senegambia
Died: November 7, 1791

 12 Holden Roberto

Holden Roberto
Famous As: President of the FNLA (1954-2007)
Birthdate: January 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: M'banza-Kongo, Angola
Died: August 2, 2007

Holden Roberto was an Angolan politician and freedom fighter. He is credited with founding a militant organization and political party called the National Liberation Front of Angola, which played a major role in the Angolan War of Independence. The party, which Roberto led from 1962 to 1999, played an influential role in Angola's independence from Portugal.

 13 John Okello

John Okello
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: Otuke District, Uganda
Died: 1971 AD

 14 Chief Mkwawa

Chief Mkwawa
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Iringa Region, Tanzania
Died: July 19, 1898

 15 Samuel Maharero

Samuel Maharero
Famous As: Chief
Birthdate: 1856 AD
Birthplace: Namibia
Died: March 14, 1923

 16 Kinjikitile Ngwale

Kinjikitile Ngwale
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tanzania
Died: August 4, 1905

 17 Hosea Kutako

Hosea Kutako
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1870 AD
Birthplace: Kalkfeld, Namibia
Died: July 18, 1970

 18 Maharero

Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Okahandja
Died: October 7, 1890

 19 Kukoi Sanyang

Kukoi Sanyang
Famous As: Politician and leader of the unsuccessful 1981 coup d'état against the government of Dawda Jawara
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Wassadung, The Gambia
Died: June 18, 2013

 20 Jan Jonker Afrikaner

Jan Jonker Afrikaner
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: December 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bethanie, Namibia
Died: August 10, 1889

 21 Thenjiwe Lesabe

Thenjiwe Lesabe
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hope Fountain, Matabele, Zimbabwe
Died: 2011 AD