African Americans From Arkansas

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Famous black celebrities from Arkansas, include Joe Jackson, Sonny Liston, Sheryl Underwood.
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Sonny Liston
(American Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 30, 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.
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Derek Fisher
(Basketball coach)
Derek Fisher
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
 3 
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
(Gospel Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Known for Using Heavy Distortion on Her Electric Guitar)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, United States
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

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Mike Conley, Jr.
(Basketball player)
Mike Conley, Jr.
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
 5 
Eldridge Cleaver
(American Writer and Political Activist who Became an Early Leader of the Black Panther Party)
Eldridge Cleaver
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wabbaseka, Arkansas
Died: May 1, 1998
 6 
Jahlil Okafor
(Basketball player - Center)
Jahlil Okafor
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
 7 
Charlie Strong
(American football coach)
Charlie Strong
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States
 8 
Joe Johnson
(Basketball player)
Joe Johnson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
 9 
Sheryl Underwood
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Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
 10 
Darren McFadden
(American Football Player)
Darren McFadden
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
 11 
Bobby Portis
(Basketball player)
Bobby Portis
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
 12 
Lawrence Phillips
(American football player)
Lawrence Phillips
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 13, 2016
 13 
Lou Brock
(Baseball player)
Lou Brock
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
 14 
Luenell
(Actress)
Luenell
10
Birthdate: March 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tollette, Arkansas, United States
 15 
Malik Monk
(Basketball player)
Malik Monk
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
 16 
Glen Rice
(Basketball player)
Glen Rice
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Arkansas, United States
 17 
Torii Hunter
(Baseball player)
Torii Hunter
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
 18 
Moses Moody
(Basketball player)
Moses Moody
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
 19 
Sidney Moncrief
(American Former Professional Basketball Player)
Sidney Moncrief
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
 20 
Cortez Kennedy
(American football player)
Cortez Kennedy
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osceola, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 23, 2017
 21 
Louis Jordan
(Singer, Actor, Saxophonist, Jazz musician)
Louis Jordan
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arkansas
Died: February 4, 1975
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Bobo Brazil
(Wrestler)
Bobo Brazil
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 20, 1998
 23 
John H. Johnson
(Publisher, Entrepreneur)
John H. Johnson
3
Birthdate: January 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8, 2005
 24 
Big Bill Broonzy
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lake Dick, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 15, 1958
 25 
Corliss Williamson
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Corliss Williamson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russellville, Arkansas, United States
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Keljin Blevins
(Basketball player)
Keljin Blevins
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
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 27 
Fat Lever
(Basketball player)
Fat Lever
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
 28 
Paul Silas
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Paul Silas
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prescott, Arkansas, United States
 29 
Dre Greenlaw
(American Football Player)
Dre Greenlaw
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Conway, Arkansas, United States
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Bobby Mitchell
(American football player)
Bobby Mitchell
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 5, 2020
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Little Willie John
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cullendale, Arkansas, U.S.
Died: May 26, 1968
 32 
Archie Goodwin
(Basketball player)
Archie Goodwin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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Isaiah Joe
(Basketball player)
Isaiah Joe
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 2, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
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Daniel Gafford
(Basketball player)
Daniel Gafford
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
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Joycelyn Elders
(15th Surgeon General of the United States (1993 -1994))
Joycelyn Elders
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schaal, Arkansas, United States

The second female U.S. surgeon general, Joycelyn Elders is a renowned pediatrician and one of the first Black women to reach the pinnacle of the medical field in the U.S. She has been dragged into multiple controversies, one of them being a result of her support for sex education and masturbation.

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K. J. Hill
(American Football Player)
K. J. Hill
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
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Goose Tatum
(Baseball player)
Goose Tatum
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 18, 1967
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Minnijean Brown-Trickey
(Political leader, Civil Rights Activist)
Minnijean Brown-Trickey
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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Jim Hines
(Track and Field Athlete)
Jim Hines
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dumas, Arkansas, United States
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Kevin Williams
(American Football Player)
Kevin Williams
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States
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Luther Allison
(Guitarist)
Luther Allison
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Widener, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 12, 1997
 42 
Daryl Macon
(Basketball player)
Daryl Macon
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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Nathaniel Clifton
(Basketball Player)
Nathaniel Clifton
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 31, 1990
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Howard Sims
(Tap dancer)
Howard Sims
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 20, 2003

Howard Sims was an African-American dancer who specialized in tap dance. He was a regular attraction at Harlem's Apollo Theater from the 1950s to 2000. In the 1980s, he helped revive the interest in tap dance by serving as a cultural ambassador and touring around the world. His dancing skills earned him appearances in films and TV shows. 

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William Warfield
(American Singer and Actor)
William Warfield
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: West Helena, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 25, 2002

William Warfield was an American singer and actor. He achieved popularity during the Civil Rights era and received many prestigious awards, including a Grammy Award. Best remembered for his appearances in television programs, Hollywood films, and stage productions, William Warfield also taught at academic institutions and represented the US during foreign tours.

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Rod Smith
(American football player)
Rod Smith
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Texarkana, Arkansas, United States
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Fred Jones
(Basketball player)
Fred Jones
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Malvern, Arkansas, United States
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Jermain Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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Joe Barry Carroll
(Basketball Player)
Joe Barry Carroll
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
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Michael Cage
(Basketball player)
Michael Cage
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: West Memphis, Arkansas, United States