African Americans From Mississippi

Famous black celebrities from Mississippi, include James Earl Jones, Ruby Bridges, Sam Cooke.

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 1 James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones
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Famous As: One of the Greatest Actors in American History
Birthdate: January 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkabutla, Mississippi, United States

A veteran actor with a career spanning more than seven decades, James Earl Jones has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors. He initially aspired to be a doctor but fate had other plans for him. He began his career as a stage actor and soon joined films as well.

 2 Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 11, 1964
The King of Soul Sam Cooke is best remembered for his hits A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me, and Wonderful World. He began singing gospel as a child and later joined The Soul Stirrers. He was shot and killed by a motel manager in Los Angeles. 

 3 Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tylertown
American civil rights activist Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to attend an all-white educational institute when she joined the Louisiana-based William Frantz Elementary School in November 1960. She was the subject of Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With and the TV movie Ruby Bridges.

 4 B.B. King

B.B. King
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berclair, Mississippi
Died: May 14, 2015
Known as “The King of the Blues,” legendary musician B. B. King introduced a signature style of soloing using string bending and vibrato. His song The Thrill is Gone won him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He was featured on Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time” list.

 5 Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

 6 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 7 Steve McNair

Steve McNair
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Mississippi, USA
Died: July 4, 2009
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 8 Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931
Civil rights and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells is remembered for speaking up against the lynching of Blacks in the U.S. She was born a slave and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. She later co-founded the NAACP. She also co-owned and wrote for Memphis Free Speech and Headlight.

 9 Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Issaquena County, Mississippi
Died: April 30, 1983
Grammy-winning blues singer McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, is considered the father of modern Chicago blues. He is remembered for his tracks Hoochie Coochie Man and Rollin' Stone, with the latter inspiring the name of the band The Rolling Stones. He shaped the rock and roll genre.

 10 Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: McComb
Died: June 2, 2008

 11 Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whites, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 10, 1976

 12 Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Floyd Mayweather Sr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: October 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amory, Mississippi, United States

 13 Lorenzen Wright

Lorenzen Wright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 19, 2010

 14 A'Lelia Walker

A'Lelia Walker
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931

 15 A. J. Brown

A. J. Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: June 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi, United States

 16 Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States

 17 Marcus Dupree

Marcus Dupree
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: May 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA

 18 Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: October 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 14, 1977

 19 Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.

 20 James Meredith

James Meredith
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

James Meredith created history by becoming the first Black student at the University of Mississippi. A civil rights activist and an author, he had also been part of the U.S. Air Force. He was shot at while on his March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson, but survived.

 21 Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: American soprano
Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

 22 Robert Earl Jones

Robert Earl Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 3, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tate County, Mississippi, United States
Died: September 7, 2006

 23 Albert King

Albert King
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Basketball player, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianola
Died: December 21, 1992

 24 Melvin Booker

Melvin Booker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States

 25 Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yazoo City, Mississippi, United States

 26 Danny Manning

Danny Manning
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: May 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
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 27 Archie Moore

Archie Moore
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional boxer
Birthdate: December 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benoit, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 1998

 28 Kamala

Kamala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: May 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Senatobia, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 9, 2020

 29 Karlous Miller

Karlous Miller
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: April 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi

 30 Johnathan Abram

Johnathan Abram
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: October 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbia, Mississippi, United States

 31 Cassi Davis

Cassi Davis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA

 32 Cleotha Staples

Cleotha Staples
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: near Drew, Mississippi, United States
Died: February 21, 2013

The eldest child of The Staple Singers patriarch, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Cleotha Staples was part of her family gospel group’s eight US top 40 hits. After facing racism, while they toured around performing, Cleotha and her group ventured into Black protest music. Respect Yourself was one of their Billboard-charting tracks.

 33 Rodney Hood

Rodney Hood
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States

 34 Alexander O'Neal

Alexander O'Neal
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.

 35 Chris Jones

Chris Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Mississippi, United States

 36 Cam Akers

Cam Akers
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clinton, Mississippi, United States

 37 Lester Young

Lester Young
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 15, 1959

 38 K. J. Wright

K. J. Wright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States

 39 Al Jefferson

Al Jefferson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Monticello, Mississippi, United States

 40 Demario Davis

Demario Davis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brandon, Mississippi, United States

 41 Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taylorsville, Mississippi, United States

 42 Mississippi John Hurt

Mississippi John Hurt
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Teoc, Mississippi, United States
Died: November 2, 1966

 43 Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: January 1, 2014

 44 Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: McCall Creek, Mississippi, United States

 45 Elmore James

Elmore James
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: January 27, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 24, 1963

 46 Cool Papa Bell

Cool Papa Bell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball from 1922 to 1946
Birthdate: May 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 7, 1991

 47 Oil Can Boyd

Oil Can Boyd
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States

 48 Dee Brown

Dee Brown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

 49 Deuce McAllister

Deuce McAllister
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ludlow, Mississippi, United States

 50 Darrell Henderson

Darrell Henderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: August 19, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batesville, Mississippi, United States