African Americans From Alabama

Famous black celebrities from Alabama, include Deontay Wilder, Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron.

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 1 Deontay Wilder

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: October 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa
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

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville
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 Laverne Cox

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 4 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.

 5 Hank Aaron

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mobile

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.

 6 Lionel Richie

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tuskegee

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.

 7 Octavia Spencer

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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 8 Julio Jones

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Foley, Alabama

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.

 9 Rosa Parks

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
Died: October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks, “the first lady of civil rights,” was a pioneer in the American revolution against color segregation and racism. Her refusal to leave her bus seat to a white passenger gave rise to the iconic Montgomery Bus Boycott, which also led her to work with Martin Luther King Jr.

 10 Sonequa Martin-Green

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

 11 Condoleezza Rice

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

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.

 12 Joe Louis

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Heavyweight Champion
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: La Fayette
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.

 13 Nat King Cole

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Vocalist, Pianist
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.

 14 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

 15 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.

 16 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

 17 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
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.

 18 Nell Carter

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Died: January 23, 2003

 19 Satchel Paige

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: July 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alabama
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.

 20 Orlando Jones

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

 21 Ma Rainey

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Street artist, Musician
Birthdate: April 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alabama
Died: December 22, 1939

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 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

 25 Martin Luther King III

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 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.

 26 Yolanda King

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

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 27 Flo Milli

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

 28 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. 

 29 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

 30 YBN Nahmir

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 18, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 31 André Holland

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States

 32 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

 33 Claudette Colvin

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alabama, U.S.

 34 George Wallace

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 35 John Ross

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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.

 39 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

 40 W. C. Handy

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 16, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Alabama, United States
Died: March 28, 1958

 41 Kwon Alexander

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oxford, Alabama, United States

 42 Lonnie Johnson

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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

Former NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson is best known for inventing the Super Soaker water gun, which became one of the most popular toys in the world, garnering sales amounting to more than a billion dollars since its invention. He has also been part of the US Air Force.

 43 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

 44 Tee Martin

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

 45 Za'Darius Smith

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: September 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 46 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

 47 Theodore Long

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestling Referee
Birthdate: September 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

 48 Robert L. Howard

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Armed force officer
Birthdate: July 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Opelika, Alabama, United States
Died: December 23, 2009

 49 Chris Samuels

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 50 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