African Americans From Kentucky

Famous black celebrities from Kentucky, include Muhammad Ali, Bryson Tiller, Jim Kelly.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Muhammad Ali
(Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)

Muhammad Ali
78
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

 2 
Bryson Tiller
(Best Known for Hit Single 'Don't')

Bryson Tiller
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Bryson Tiller is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. After achieving success with his debut single Don't, Tiller went on to sign a deal with RCA Records and then came up with his debut album Trapsoul, which peaked at the eighth position on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and has performed alongside the likes of Rihanna.

 3 
Kevin Olusola
(Best Known as the Beatboxer of the Cappella Group 'Pentatonix')

Kevin Olusola
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States

Kevin Olusola is an illustrious beatboxer of the a capella band Pentatonix. He is also seen playing the cello occasionally in their songs. Scott Hoying spotted him playing the cello in a viral video. The group has released eleven albums, garnered more than two million views on their YouTube channel and sold over two million records.

 4 
Jim Kelly
(Athlete, Martial Artist, Actor)

Jim Kelly
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 29, 2013

Athlete and martial artist Jim Kelly won hearts with his Afro hairstyle and his roles in action film such as Enter the Dragon and Black Belt Jones. Apart from films, he also excelled in karate, winning contests such as the International Middle Weight Karate Championship. He has also played professional tennis.

 5 
Demetrious Johnson
(Mixed martial artist)

Demetrious Johnson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madisonville, Kentucky, United States

 6 
Shaun Alexander
(Football player)

Shaun Alexander
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florence, Kentucky, United States

 7 
Allan Houston
(Basketball player)

Allan Houston
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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 8 
Damien Harris
(American football player)

Damien Harris
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky, United States

 9 
P. J. Washington
(Basketball player)

P. J. Washington
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 10 
Montez Sweat
(American Football Player)

Montez Sweat
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky, United States

 11 
Whitney Young
(Civil rights activist)

Whitney Young
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 11, 1971

 12 
Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
(Father of three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Rahman Ali)

Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr.
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Birthdate: November 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 8, 1990

 13 
Darrell Griffith
(Basketball Player)

Darrell Griffith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 14 
DeVante Parker
(American Football Player)

DeVante Parker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 15 
Derek Anderson
(Basketball player)

Derek Anderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 16 
Nolan Smith
(Basketball player)

Nolan Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 17 
Michael Bush
(American football player)

Michael Bush
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 18 

Davey Moore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 25, 1963

 19 

Jimmy Ellis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 6, 2014

 20 
Darius Miller
(Basketball player)

Darius Miller
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky, United States

 21 
Bernie Bickerstaff
(Basketball coach)

Bernie Bickerstaff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Benham, Kentucky, United States

 22 
Countee Cullen
(American poet)

Countee Cullen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 9, 1946

 23 
Greg Page
(Boxer)

Greg Page
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 27, 2009

 24 
Rahman Ali
(Boxer)

Rahman Ali
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 25 
Allen Allensworth
(Baptist Minister, Educator, Army Officer)

Allen Allensworth
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 7, 1842
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
Died: September 14, 1914

Born into slavery, Allen Allensworth successfully disguised himself in a uniform and marched to freedom, along with the Union soldiers during the Civil War. He later served the U.S. Navy and eventually became a Baptist preacher. The first Black American lieutenant colonel, he also formed the town Allensworth.

 26 
Julia Carson
(Politician)

Julia Carson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 15, 2007
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 27 
Suzan-Lori Parks
(American playwright)

Suzan-Lori Parks
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States

 28 
A. J. Slaughter
(Basketball player)

A. J. Slaughter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 29 
Aaron Henry
(Basketball player)

Aaron Henry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 30 
Jack Givens
(Basketball Player)

Jack Givens
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

 31 
Isaac Burns Murphy
(Jockey who was one of the highest paid athletes in his generation.)

Isaac Burns Murphy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Clark County, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 12, 1896

 32 

Lucy Hicks Anderson
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1886 AD
Birthplace: Waddy, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1954 AD

 33 

Houston A. Baker, Jr.
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 34 
Todd Duncan
(Baritone)

Todd Duncan
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Danville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 28, 1998

 35 
Shelvin Mack
(Basketball player)

Shelvin Mack
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

 36 
Jay Scrubb
(Basketball player)

Jay Scrubb
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 37 
Scotty Hopson
(Basketball player)

Scotty Hopson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States

 38 
George Fant
(American football player, Basketball player)

George Fant
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

 39 
Chris Lofton
(Basketball player)

Chris Lofton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maysville, Kentucky, United States

 40 
Ray Spalding
(Basketball Player)

Ray Spalding
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 41 
Dermontti Dawson
(American Football Player)

Dermontti Dawson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

 42 
Taywan Taylor
(American Football Player)

Taywan Taylor
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 43 
Kelan Martin
(Basketball Player)

Kelan Martin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

 44 
Stephen Bardo
(Basketball player)

Stephen Bardo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Henderson, Kentucky, United States

 45 
Clem Haskins
(Basketball player)

Clem Haskins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Campbellsville, Kentucky, United States

 46 
Monique Jones
(Bodybuilder)

Monique Jones
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States