African Americans From Kansas

Famous black celebrities from Kansas, include Bill Russell, Janelle Monae, Charlie Parker.

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 1 Bill Russell

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American basketball player
Birthdate: February 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana

Bill Russell is a former professional basketball player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, Russell led the US national basketball team to victory and helped his team win Olympic gold at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Also known for his accomplishments in the civil rights movement, Russell was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

 2 Janelle Monae

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Soul Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kansas City
Artist Janelle Monae initially sang with rapper Big Boi and is known for albums such as Dirty Computer. She has been nominated for the Grammys multiple times. Monae also appeared in films such as Hidden Figures and the Academy Award-winning drama Moonlight. She is both bisexual and pansexual.

 3 Charlie Parker

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Jazz saxophonist, composer
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City
Died: March 12, 1955

Charlie Parker was an American composer and jazz saxophonist. A highly influential soloist, Parker played a significant role in the development of a form of jazz called bebop. He is also credited with introducing harmonic ideas into jazz, such as chord substitutions and rapid passing chords. His contribution to jazz and bebop made him an icon of the hipster subculture.

 4 Hattie McDaniel

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wichita
Died: October 26, 1952

Hattie McDaniel was an American actress, comedian, and singer-songwriter. She became the first African-American to be honored with an Academy Award when her portrayal of Mammy earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Also a radio performer, Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to express her skills as a singer on the radio in the US.

 5 Brandon Adams

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, U.S.

 6 Earl Watson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas ,USA

 7 Gale Sayers

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: September 23, 2020
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 8 Earl Woods

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: March 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, United States
Died: May 3, 2006

Better known as the father of renowned golfer Tiger Woods, Earl Woods had initially been a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. He excelled in baseball in college and learned to play golf much later, at 42. Addicted to the sport, he taught it to his son, who later became a golf legend.

 9 Gordon Parks

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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States
Died: March 7, 2006

Gordon Parks was a writer, photographer, musician, and film director. He was the first Black American to direct and produce major motion pictures pertaining to the experience of slaves and African-Americans. He is credited with co-creating a new film genre called blaxploitation and his works have influenced filmmakers like Spike Lee. He is also credited with co-founding Essence magazine.

 10 Trai Byers

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

 11 Gwendolyn Brooks

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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas
Died: December 3, 2000

 12 Ruth Brown

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Died: November 17, 2006

 13 Montee Ball

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: McPherson, Kansas, USA

 14 Jerome Brown

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooksville, Florida, USA
Died: June 25, 1992

 15 Katrina Pierson

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Political Activists
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas, USA

 16 Lucius Allen

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

 17 Will Shields

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas, United States

 18 Terence Newman

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salina, Kansas, United States

 19 Jesse Albert Stone

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: April 1, 1999

 20 Jackie Stiles

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: December 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

 21 Buck Clayton

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Jazz trumpet player
Birthdate: November 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parsons, Kansas, United States
Died: December 8, 1991

 22 Dyesharisby

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Famous As: TikTok Star
Birthdate: August 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States

 23 Yvette Bova

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Military personnel, Bodybuilder
Birthdate: April 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Junction City, Kansas, United States

 24 Willie Cauley-Stein

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spearville, Kansas, United States

 25 Tony Clark

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: June 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newton, Kansas, United States

 26 Semi Ojeleye

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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 27 Pat Baldwin

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: August 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

 28 Nathan Davis

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Jazz multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: February 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Died: April 8, 2018

 29 Maliek Collins

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

 30 Larry Drew

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Birthdate: April 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

 31 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

 32 Bryce Brown

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States

 33 Archie Goodwin

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

 34 Adrian Griffin

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States