African Americans From Maryland

Famous black celebrities from Maryland, include Lance Reddick, Harriet Tubman, Rudy Gay.
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Harriet Tubman
(Activist and Abolitionist Known for Her Efforts in Rescuing Slaves and Abolition of Slavery)
Harriet Tubman
37
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

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Lance Reddick
(American Actor and Musician Best Known for His Role as ‘Cedric Daniels’ in the TV Series ‘The Wire’)
Lance Reddick
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Birthdate: June 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 17, 2023

Lance Reddick is an American musician and actor. Over the years, Reddick has contributed immensely to the success of several TV series, such as Oz, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Wire, Fringe, and Bosch. He has also been entertaining children and adults alike by providing his likeness and voice for video games like Quantum Break and Destiny series.

 3 
Muggsy Bogues
(Basketball player)
Muggsy Bogues
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Muggsy Bogues is a former basketball player. Standing at 5 feet 3 inches tall, Bogues is the shortest player in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). When his 14-season NBA career came to an end, Bogues served as the head coach for Charlotte Sting, which participated in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2007. 

 4 
Victor Oladipo
(American-Nigerian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard)
Victor Oladipo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Professional basketball player Victor Oladipo currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He started playing basketball in high school and went to Indiana University Bloomington, where he played for the Indiana Hoosiers. He began his professional playing career in 2013 and has been going strong since then. He is also a singer.

 5 
Todd Gurley
(American football player)
Todd Gurley
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
 6 
Stefon Diggs
(American football player)
Stefon Diggs
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
 7 
Trevon Diggs
(American football player)
Trevon Diggs
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
 8 
Len Bias
(Basketball player)
Len Bias
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Landover, Maryland, USA
Died: June 9, 1986
 9 
Howard Rollins
(Actor)
Howard Rollins
5
Birthdate: October 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: December 8, 1996
 10 
Kevin Clash
(American Puppeteer, Director and Producer Best Known as the Voice of Elmo on the TV Series ‘Sesame Street’)
Kevin Clash
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Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Emmy-winning puppeteer and voice-actor Kevin Clash is best known for performing as and voicing Elmo on Sesame Street. He has also performed with puppets for Dinosaurs and Labyrinth, and was a regular on productions of the Muppet franchise. He has authored a memoir and has inspired a documentary, too.

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6lack
(Rapper)
6lack
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
 12 
Rudy Gay
(Basketball Player)
Rudy Gay
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Benjamin Banneker
(Compiler of Almanacs)
Benjamin Banneker
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 9, 1731
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore County
Died: October 9, 1806

Benjamin Banneker was born to a free African-American mother and a former slave father, and was largely self-educated. While he showed immense talent in both mathematics and astronomy, having predicted a solar eclipse with precision, he also wrote essays on civil rights and rallied against slavery.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Author and Journalist Known for His Non-Fiction Books: ‘The Beautiful Struggle’ and ‘Between the World and Me’)
Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates gained international prominence while serving as the national correspondent at The Atlantic. His writings on socio-political issues related to African Americans and white supremacy garnered him much appreciation. He is a recipient of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. He also writes fiction and comics.

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Tracie Thoms
(Actress)
Tracie Thoms
10
Birthdate: August 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Montel Williams
(Actor, Officer, Television presenter, Radio personality)
Montel Williams
7
Birthdate: July 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore
 17 
Reggie Lewis
(Basketball player)
Reggie Lewis
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 27, 1993
 18 
Chase Young
(American football player)
Chase Young
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States
 19 
Mutulu Shakur
(Musical artist)
Mutulu Shakur
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
 20 
Dominique Dawes
(American Retired Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dominique Dawes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Known as Awesome Dawesome, Dominique Dawes is a retired star gymnast from the U.S. who was part of the gold-winning team at the Atlanta Olympics. She also became the first African-American to earn an individual Olympic medal, with her bronze. She is also part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Tavon Austin
(American football player)
Tavon Austin
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Mo'Nique
(Comedian)
Mo'Nique
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Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
 23 
Michael Steele
(Politician)
Michael Steele
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
Michael Steele was the first African-American to chair the Republican National Committee, from 2009 to 2011. He has also worked with MSNBC, Fox News, and the online magazine The Root. He was the lieutenant governor of Maryland, from 2003 to 2007, and a partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.
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Frances Tiafoe
(Tennis Player)
Frances Tiafoe
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyattsville, Maryland, United States
 25 
Ty Lawson
(Basketball player)
Ty Lawson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clinton, Maryland, United States
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Bresha Webb
(Actress)
Bresha Webb
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Birthdate: May 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Dennis Scott
(Basketball Player)
Dennis Scott
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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Kendall Fuller
(American football player)
Kendall Fuller
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Larry Johnson
(American Football player)
Larry Johnson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pomfret, Maryland, United States
 30 
Orlando Brown Jr.
(American football player)
Orlando Brown Jr.
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Brian Westbrook
(Former American football running back)
Brian Westbrook
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States
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Jarrett Hurd
(Boxer)
Jarrett Hurd
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accokeek, Maryland, United States
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Anna Deavere Smith
(Actress, Playwright & Professor)
Anna Deavere Smith
4
Birthdate: September 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Chester Thompson
(Drummer Best Known for His Tenures with Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention)
Chester Thompson
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Dwight Muhammad Qawi
(Boxer)
Dwight Muhammad Qawi
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Deonte Harris
(American Football Player)
Deonte Harris
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Akil Baddoo
(Baseball player)
Akil Baddoo
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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Damion Lee
(Basketball player)
Damion Lee
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Darrius Heyward-Bey
(American football player)
Darrius Heyward-Bey
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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Brent Faiyaz
(Singer)
Brent Faiyaz
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbia, Maryland, United States
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Delino DeShields Jr.
(Baseball player)
Delino DeShields Jr.
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Easton, Maryland
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Father Divine
(Former Preacher who founded International Peace Mission movement)
Father Divine
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1876 AD
Birthplace: Rockville, Maryland, United States
Died: September 10, 1965

African-American religious leader George Baker, better known as Father Divine, founded Peace Mission, a movement that is now considered the basis of the civil rights movement. Father Divine claimed that divine intervention had caused the death of the judge who had sentenced him to prison for arranging meetings in Sayville.

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Aquille Carr
(Basketball player)
Aquille Carr
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Reggie Williams
(Basketball player)
Reggie Williams
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
 45 
Kweisi Mfume
(American Politician)
Kweisi Mfume
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Josh Hart
(Basketball player)
Josh Hart
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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Lio Rush
(American Professional Wrestler)
Lio Rush
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lanham, Maryland, United States
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Melvin Williams
(American actor)
Melvin Williams
1
Birthdate: December 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
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NaVorro Bowman
(American football player)
NaVorro Bowman
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: District Heights, Maryland, United States
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Eubie Blake
(American composer)
Eubie Blake
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 7, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: February 12, 1983