African Americans From Arkansas

Famous black celebrities from Arkansas, include Sonny Liston, Joe Jackson, Eldridge Cleaver.
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Sonny Liston
(Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
23
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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Sister Rosetta Tharpe
(Gospel Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Known for Using Heavy Distortion on Her Electric Guitar)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
12
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.

 3 
Derek Fisher
(Basketball coach)
Derek Fisher
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 4 
Mike Conley, Jr.
(Basketball player)
Mike Conley, Jr.
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 5 
Joe Johnson
(Basketball player)
Joe Johnson
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 6 
Eldridge Cleaver
(American Writer and Political Activist who Became an Early Leader of the Black Panther Party)
Eldridge Cleaver
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wabbaseka, Arkansas
Died: May 1, 1998
 7 
Darren McFadden
(American Football Player)
Darren McFadden
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 8 
Charlie Strong
(American football coach)
Charlie Strong
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batesville, Arkansas, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 9 
Jahlil Okafor
(Basketball player - Center)
Jahlil Okafor
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 10 
Bobby Portis
(Basketball player)
Bobby Portis
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 11 
Malik Monk
(Basketball player)
Malik Monk
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 12 
Glen Rice
(Basketball player)
Glen Rice
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 13 
Lou Brock
(Baseball player)
Lou Brock
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
 14 
Sheryl Underwood
26
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 15 
Moses Moody
(Basketball player)
Moses Moody
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 2002
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 16 
Sidney Moncrief
(American Former Professional Basketball Player)
Sidney Moncrief
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 17 
Luenell
(Actress)
Luenell
16
Birthdate: March 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tollette, Arkansas, United States
 18 
Torii Hunter
(Baseball player)
Torii Hunter
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Cortez Kennedy
(American football player)
Cortez Kennedy
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Osceola, Arkansas, United States
Died: May 23, 2017
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 20 
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
 21 
Bobo Brazil
(Wrestler)
Bobo Brazil
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 20, 1998
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 22 
Fat Lever
(Basketball player)
Fat Lever
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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John H. Johnson
(Publisher, Entrepreneur)
John H. Johnson
5
Birthdate: January 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8, 2005
 24 
Paul Silas
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Paul Silas
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prescott, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 25 
Big Bill Broonzy
(Singer)
Big Bill Broonzy
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lake Dick, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 15, 1958
 26 
Corliss Williamson
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Corliss Williamson
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russellville, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Keljin Blevins
(Basketball player)
Keljin Blevins
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Bobby Mitchell
(American football player)
Bobby Mitchell
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 5, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 29 
Dre Greenlaw
(American Football Player)
Dre Greenlaw
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Conway, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 30 
Isaiah Joe
(Basketball player)
Isaiah Joe
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 2, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Goose Tatum
(Baseball player)
Goose Tatum
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 18, 1967
 32 
Little Willie John
(Singer)
Little Willie John
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cullendale, Arkansas, U.S.
Died: May 26, 1968
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Willie Roaf
(American football player)
Willie Roaf
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Jim Hines
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Held the 100-Meter World Record for 15 Years)
Jim Hines
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dumas, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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K. J. Hill
(American Football Player)
K. J. Hill
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Dani Evans
(American Model)
Dani Evans
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Joe Barry Carroll
(Basketball Player)
Joe Barry Carroll
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Minnijean Brown-Trickey
(Political leader, Civil Rights Activist)
Minnijean Brown-Trickey
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
 39 
Luther Allison
(Guitarist)
Luther Allison
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Widener, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 12, 1997
 40 
William Warfield
(American Singer and Actor)
William Warfield
1
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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Daryl Macon
(Basketball player)
Daryl Macon
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Daniel Gafford
(Basketball player)
Daniel Gafford
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Archie Goodwin
(Basketball player)
Archie Goodwin
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Howard Sims
(African-American Tap Dancer)
Howard Sims
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 24, 1917
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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Zion Suzuki
(Japanese Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Zion Suzuki
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 2002
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Sonny Weems
(Basketball Player)
Sonny Weems
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Memphis, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Jermain Taylor
(Boxer)
Jermain Taylor
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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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
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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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
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Jeremy Sprinkle
(American Football Player)
Jeremy Sprinkle
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: White Hall, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)