African Americans From Mississippi

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Famous black celebrities from Mississippi, include Oprah Winfrey, B.B. King, Sam Cooke.
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 1 
Oprah Winfrey
(Best Known for Her Daytime Syndicated Talk Show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show')
Oprah Winfrey
98
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

 2 
Sam Cooke
(Singer-songwriter)
Sam Cooke
28
Listed In: Activists
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 
B.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)
B.B. King
7
Listed In: Singers
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.
 4 
Ruby Bridges
(Philanthropist)
Ruby Bridges
27
Listed In: Activists
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.
 5 
Robert Johnson
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Listed In: Singers
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. 

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Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')
Charley Pride
7
Listed In: Singers
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
(American Football Player)
Steve McNair
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Mississippi, USA
Died: July 4, 2009
 8 
Muddy Waters
(Musician)
Muddy Waters
14
Listed In: Musicians
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.
 9 
Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)
Ida B. Wells
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.
 10 
Bo Diddley
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Bo Diddley
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: McComb
Died: June 2, 2008
Floyd Mayweather Sr.
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amory, Mississippi, United States
 12 
Howlin' Wolf
(Singer)
Howlin' Wolf
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 10, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whites, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 10, 1976
 13 
Big K.R.I.T.
(Rapper)
Big K.R.I.T.
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
 14 
Lorenzen Wright
(Basketball player)
Lorenzen Wright
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 19, 2010
 15 
A. J. Brown
(American Football player)
A. J. Brown
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi, United States
 16 
Leontyne Price
(The First African-American Opera Singer to Achieve International Fame)
Leontyne Price
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

Multiple Grammy-winning legendary opera singer and musical diva Leontyne Price became the first singer of African-American origin who achieved international fame in opera. She soared to fame with her appearance in the TV production of Tosca and later performed at iconic venues, such as London’s Royal Opera House.

 17 
Malcolm Butler
(American football player)
Malcolm Butler
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
 18 
Fannie Lou Hamer
(American Community Organizer and Women's Rights Activist)
Fannie Lou Hamer
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 14, 1977

Fannie Lou Hamer was an American community organizer and women's rights activist. She also played an important role in the civil rights movement. Hamer is credited with co-founding the Freedom Democratic Party as well as the National Women's Political Caucus. In 1993, Fannie Lou Hamer was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 19 
Ken Carter
(Coach)
Ken Carter
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fernwood, Mississippi, United States
 20 
Robert Earl Jones
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 3, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tate County, Mississippi, United States
Died: September 7, 2006
 21 
Kamala
(Wrestler)
Kamala
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Senatobia, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 9, 2020
 22 
Archie Moore
(Professional boxer)
Archie Moore
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benoit, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 1998
 23 
Karlous Miller
(Comedian)
Karlous Miller
3
Birthdate: April 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi
 24 
James Meredith
(Civil Rights Activist and the First African American Student Admitted to the 'University of Mississippi')
James Meredith
3
Listed In: Activists
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.

 25 
Albert King
(Singer-songwriter, Basketball player, Musician, Guitarist)
Albert King
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianola
Died: December 21, 1992
 26 
Melvin Booker
(Basketball player)
Melvin Booker
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States
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Cassi Davis
(Actress)
Cassi Davis
7
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA
 28 
Mamie Till
(American Civil Rights Activist, Who Lost Her Son 'Emmett Till' to a Racist Attack)
Mamie Till
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Webb, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 6, 2003

Following the violent lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till by a group of white men, his mother Mamie Till-Mobley made a marked contribution to the fight against racism. She became a prominent civil rights activist and established the Emmett Till Players, a group that lectured on hope and unity.

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Fletcher Cox
(American football player)
Fletcher Cox
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yazoo City, Mississippi, United States
 30 
Danny Manning
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Danny Manning
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
 31 
Lester Young
(Musician)
Lester Young
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 15, 1959
 32 
Cleotha Staples
3
Listed In: Singers
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.

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Johnathan Abram
(American Football player)
Johnathan Abram
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbia, Mississippi, United States
 34 
Chris Jones
(American Football player)
Chris Jones
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Mississippi, United States
 35 
Cam Akers
(American football player)
Cam Akers
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clinton, Mississippi, United States
 36 
Al Jefferson
(Basketball player)
Al Jefferson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Monticello, Mississippi, United States
 37 
Rodney Hood
(Basketball player)
Rodney Hood
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
 38 
Alexander O'Neal
(Singer-Songwriter)
Alexander O'Neal
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.
 39 
Jamie Collins
(American football player)
Jamie Collins
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: McCall Creek, Mississippi, United States
 40 
Mississippi John Hurt
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Teoc, Mississippi, United States
Died: November 2, 1966
 41 
Juanita Moore
(Actress)
Juanita Moore
4
Birthdate: October 19, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: January 1, 2014
 42 
Billy Hamilton
(Baseball player)
Billy Hamilton
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taylorsville, Mississippi, United States
 43 
Demario Davis
(Football player)
Demario Davis
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brandon, Mississippi, United States
 44 
K. J. Wright
(American football player)
K. J. Wright
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States
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Trinitee Stokes
(Child Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Judy Cooper’ in the Disney TV Series ‘K.C. Undercover’)
Trinitee Stokes
19
Birthdate: April 12, 2006
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi
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A'Lelia Walker
(Businesswoman)
A'Lelia Walker
6
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931
 47 
Cool Papa Bell
(Former Baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball from 1922 to 1946)
Cool Papa Bell
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Starkville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 7, 1991
 48 
Antonio McDyess
(Basketball player)
Antonio McDyess
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quitman, Mississippi, United States
 49 
Pops Staples
(Musician)
Pops Staples
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winona, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 19, 2000
 50 
Oil Can Boyd
(Baseball player)
Oil Can Boyd
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States