African Americans From Alabama

Famous black celebrities from Alabama, include Lionel Richie, Condoleezza Rice, Deontay Wilder.

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 1 Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: WBC Heavyweight Champion (2015 – 2020)
Birthdate: October 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Deontay Wilder was the WBC heavyweight champion from 2015 to 2020 and the first American to hold the title in 9 years. In 2020, BoxRec ranked him the world's second-best active heavyweight. A knock-out specialist, he earned the nickname The Bronze Bomber for his bronze win at the 2008 Olympics.

 2 Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 31, 1980

Widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens' three world records in less than an hour in 1935 came to be known as the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports. He was credited with destroying Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

 3 Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Co-Lead Singer Of Funk Band The Commodores
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 4 Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player, Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States

Former professional baseball and football player Bo Jackson has the distinction of being the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both the sports. Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, he pursued his other interests following his retirement from sports in the 1990s. He has acted in a few TV shows, playing minor characters.

 5 Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: February 15, 1965
Jazz pianist/singer Nat King Cole, father of singer Natalie Cole, is best remembered for tracks such as Too Young and Mona Lisa. His last album, L-O-V-E, was recorded while he battled lung cancer. With The Nat King Cole Show, he became the first African-American to host his own show.

 6 Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 22, 2021

Baseball player Hank Aaron, also known as Hammer or Hammerin' Hank, is remembered for his stint with the MLB teams Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He also competed as part of the Negro League team Indianapolis Clowns. He was named to The Sporting News 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

 7 Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States
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 8 Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 9 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

 10 Henry Ruggs

Henry Ruggs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football Player
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 11 Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Atmore, Alabama, United States

Evander Holyfield is an American retired boxer who reigned as the undisputed champion in the late 1980s under cruiserweight division and in the early 1990s under heavyweight division. The only four-time world heavyweight champion, Holyfield remains the only boxer in the history of boxing to reign as an undisputed champion in two weight classes.

 12 Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox
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Famous As: First Transgender Person To Appear on Cover of 'Time' Magazine
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 13 Joe Louis

Joe Louis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambers County, Alabama, United States
Died: April 12, 1981
Boxer Joe Louis, or the Brown Bomber, was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 and was the longest-reigning (single) heavyweight champion. The International Boxing Research Organization declared him the best heavyweight boxer of all time. He was also a skilled golfer and appeared in a 1952 PGA event.

 14 Julio Jones

Julio Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: January 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Foley, Alabama, United States

American football player Julio Jones has been an important member of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL since 2011. Renowned for his leaping and catching ability, Jones is considered one of the greatest receivers ever and the best wide receiver of the current generation. He became the fastest to reach 10,000 receiving yards in the history of NFL in 2018.

 15 DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player, Center
Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, United States

 16 Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist, Author
Birthdate: April 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heiberger, Alabama, United States
Died: January 30, 2006

The American civil rights activist was an ideal foil for her famous husband Martin Luther King Jr. in promoting racial equality. The author and singer led the Women's Movement and fought for the rights of the LGBT community. She was also known for mobilising African-Americans during the 1960 US presidential election. She founded the King Centre, a not-for-profit organization.

 17 Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

 18 Willie Mays

Willie Mays
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States

Willie Mays is considered one of the all-time greats of baseball. His breathtaking catch of Vic Wertz’s fly ball is etched as a great movement in the history of the sport. Associated with New York / San Francisco Giants for about two decades, the former center fielder with record Major League Football putouts, features in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 19 Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
The American civil rights activist has continued his legendary father Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for racial equality. Martin Luther King III headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded by his father and endorsed Barack Obama’s nomination for American presidency. King fought against police brutality, but he also denounced capital punishment, saying he did not belive in retributional justice.

 20 Reg E. Cathey

Reg E. Cathey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Died: February 9, 2018

 21 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960

Zora Neale Hurston was an author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. As an African American woman, she often depicted racial issues in the films she made. Her works also reflected her struggles as a black woman. In her early career, she conducted anthropological and ethnographic research and focused more on writing and film-making in her later years.

 22 Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 23 Eddie Kendricks

Eddie Kendricks
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Union Springs, Alabama, United States
Died: October 5, 1992

 24 Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russellville, Alabama, United States

 25 Melvin Franklin

Melvin Franklin
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: R&B Singer
Birthdate: October 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: February 23, 1995

 26 Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: June 8, 1982

Legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige was part of the MLB and the Negro League Baseball. The National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee began his career playing for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts and later played for teams such as the Cleveland Indians. He was the American League’s first black pitcher.

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 27 Dennis Edwards

Dennis Edwards
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfield, Alabama, United States
Died: February 1, 2018

 28 John Lewis

John Lewis
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former United States Representative
Birthdate: February 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alabama, United States
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.

 29 JaMarcus Russell

JaMarcus Russell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
NFL quarterback JaMarcus Russell gained fame since his LSU days, having won the MVP there. He was then drafted by the Oakland Raiders. He was released after 2 years, due to his inconsistency and alleged lack of work ethics, thus becoming the biggest disappointment of the team. 

 30 Orlando Jones

Orlando Jones
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: April 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

 31 Reuben Foster

Reuben Foster
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alabama, United States

 32 Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963

 33 Tee Martin

Tee Martin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: July 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

 34 Flo Milli

Flo Milli
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 35 Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leighton, Alabama, United States
Died: April 14, 2015

Best known for his Billboard-charting and gold-certified hit When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge began his music career with The Esquires Combo while working as a nurse. He later scored more hits such as Warm and Tender Love and received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award.

 36 Bo Scarbrough

Bo Scarbrough
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

 37 Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: November 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gardendale, Alabama, United States

 38 T. J. Yeldon

T. J. Yeldon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: October 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daphne, Alabama, United States

 39 Tarvaris Jackson

Tarvaris Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: April 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: April 12, 2020

 40 Percy Lavon Julian

Percy Lavon Julian
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: April 19, 1975

Percy Lavon Julian was an American chemist whose work paved the way for the production of birth control pills and corticosteroids. Julian went on to start his own company which helped reduce the price of steroid intermediates. In 1973, Percy Lavon Julian was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences and became the first African-American to receive this honor.

 41 Kumar Rocker

Kumar Rocker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 42 Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Alabama

 43 C. J. Mosley

C. J. Mosley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Theodore, Alabama, United States

 44 Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 45 Ozzie Newsome

Ozzie Newsome
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Muscle Shoals, Alabama, United States

 46 Earnie Shavers

Earnie Shavers
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer Heavyweight
Birthdate: August 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Garland, Alabama, United States

 47 Kevin Sumlin

Kevin Sumlin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football head coach and general manager
Birthdate: August 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brewton, Alabama, United States

 48 Darnell Mooney

Darnell Mooney
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 29, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gadsden, Alabama, United States

 49 Mark Barron

Mark Barron
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 50 Kerryon Johnson

Kerryon Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States