African Americans From Alabama

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Famous black celebrities from Alabama, include Deontay Wilder, Evander Holyfield, Lionel Richie.
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Deontay Wilder
( American Professional Boxer and 10-Time WBC Heavyweight Champion)
Deontay Wilder
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.
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Lionel Richie
(Co-Lead Singer Of Funk Band The Commodores)
Lionel Richie
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Listed In: Musicians
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.

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Jesse Owens
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
Jesse Owens
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Bo Jackson
(Former Baseball & Football Player, the Only Professional Athlete in History to be Named an 'All-Star' in Both)
Bo Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Nat King Cole
(Singer and Jazz Pianist Best Known His Soft Baritone Voice)
Nat King Cole
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Listed In: Singers
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.
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Evander Holyfield
(The Only Boxer in the History to Win the Undisputed Championship in Two Weight Classes)
Evander Holyfield
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Hank Aaron
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players in History)
Hank Aaron
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Octavia Spencer
(The First Black Actress to Have Received two Successive Nominations at the Oscars)
Octavia Spencer
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Birthdate: May 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

Octavia Spencer is an American actress, producer, and author. Widely regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation, Spencer has received several prestigious awards, such as a Golden Globe Award, Academy Award, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Octavia Spencer is the first black actress to have received two successive nominations at the Oscars.

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Jameis Winston
(American Football Player)
Jameis Winston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States
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Condoleezza Rice
(66th United States Secretary of State (2005-09))
Condoleezza Rice
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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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Henry Ruggs
(American football Player)
Henry Ruggs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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Joe Louis
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Boxers of All Time.)
Joe Louis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.
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DeMarcus Cousins
(Basketball player, Center)
DeMarcus Cousins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, United States
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Julio Jones
(American Football Wide Receiver)
Julio Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 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.

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Coretta Scott King
(Civil-Rights Activist and the Wife of Martin Luther King Jr)
Coretta Scott King
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Listed In: Activists
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.

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Laverne Cox
(First Transgender Person To Appear on Cover of 'Time' Magazine)
Laverne Cox
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Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
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Mae Jemison
(First African American Woman To Travel To Space)
Mae Jemison
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

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Willie Mays
(One of the Best All-Around Players in the History of Baseball)
Willie Mays
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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Martin Luther King III
(Human Rights Activist)
Martin Luther King III
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Listed In: Leaders
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.
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Carl Lewis
(American Track-and-Field Athlete Who Won Nine Olympic Gold Medals During the 1980s and 1990s)
Carl Lewis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

A dominant sprinter and long jumper, Carl Lewis has won ten Olympic medals, nine of them gold. From 1981 to 1991, he topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events, slowly starting to lose his dominance thereafter, eventually retiring in 1997. Currently a businessperson, he has also appeared in films and television productions.

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Reg E. Cathey
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Birthdate: August 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Died: February 9, 2018
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Zora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)
Zora Neale Hurston
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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.

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Eddie Kendricks
(Co-founder of the Motown Singing Group 'The Temptations')
Eddie Kendricks
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Union Springs, Alabama, United States
Died: October 5, 1992
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Eric Bledsoe
(Basketball player)
Eric Bledsoe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Melvin Franklin
(R&B Singer)
Melvin Franklin
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: February 23, 1995
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Satchel Paige
(American Professional Baseball Pitcher)
Satchel Paige
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Claudette Colvin
(Pioneer of the 1950s Civil Rights Movement)
Claudette Colvin
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

Claudette Colvin is an American retired nurse aide and pioneer of the civil rights movement during the 1950s. She was arrested at age 15, when she refused to give up her seat in a crowded bus to a white woman. This occurred several months before the more renowned Rosa Parks incident, which helped spark the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955.

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Sonequa Martin-Green
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Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russellville, Alabama, United States
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Dennis Edwards
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfield, Alabama, United States
Died: February 1, 2018
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John Lewis
(Former United States Representative)
John Lewis
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Orlando Jones
(Comedians)
Orlando Jones
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Birthdate: April 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA
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Reuben Foster
(American football player)
Reuben Foster
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alabama, United States
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Dinah Washington
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963
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Tee Martin
(Football Coach)
Tee Martin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA
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Flo Milli
(Rapper)
Flo Milli
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
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Percy Sledge
(Known for the Song ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’, a No. 1 Hit in 1966)
Percy Sledge
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 25, 1940
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.

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Bo Scarbrough
(American football player)
Bo Scarbrough
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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Jordan Howard
(American Football player)
Jordan Howard
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gardendale, Alabama, United States
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Tarvaris Jackson
(American Football Player)
Tarvaris Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: April 12, 2020
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Percy Lavon Julian
(One of the First African Americans to Receive a Doctorate in Chemistry)
Percy Lavon Julian
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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.

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Ozzie Smith
(Baseball player)
Ozzie Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
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Kumar Rocker
(Baseball player)
Kumar Rocker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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T. J. Yeldon
(American Football player)
T. J. Yeldon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daphne, Alabama, United States
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Rolando McClain
(American football player)
Rolando McClain
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Alabama
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Kevin Sumlin
(American football head coach and general manager)
Kevin Sumlin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brewton, Alabama, United States
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Ozzie Newsome
(American football player)
Ozzie Newsome
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Muscle Shoals, Alabama, United States
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Ralph Abernathy
(American Civil Rights Activist and 2nd President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1968 - 1977))
Ralph Abernathy
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linden, Alabama, United States
Died: April 17, 1990
American civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr to create the Montgomery Improvement Association.  Abernathy, who also served as an advisory committee member of the Congress on Racial Equality, addressed the United Nations about world peace in 1971. During the Wounded Knee incident of 1973, he helped broker a deal between the FBI and Indian protestors.
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Darnell Mooney
(American football player)
Darnell Mooney
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 29, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gadsden, Alabama, United States
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Earnie Shavers
(Boxer Heavyweight)
Earnie Shavers
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Garland, Alabama, United States
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C. J. Mosley
(American football player)
C. J. Mosley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Theodore, Alabama, United States