African Americans From Mississippi

Famous black celebrities from Mississippi, include James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Brandy Norwood.

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 1 James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones.
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Famous As: Actor
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 Oprah Winfrey

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Famous As: Media proprietor
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.

 3 Brandy Norwood

Brandy Norwood.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

 4 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. 

 5 C. L. Franklin

C. L. Franklin.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Baptist minister
Birthdate: January 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sunflower County, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 27, 1984

C. L. Franklin was an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. Dubbed the man with the million-dollar voice, Franklin was renowned for preaching his sermons throughout the country. During the 1950s and 1960s, Franklin worked towards ending prejudicial practices against the black people in Detroit. He is also credited with encouraging his daughter Aretha Franklin to pursue music.

 6 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. 

 7 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.
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 8 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.

 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 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

 11 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

 12 Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers.
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi U.S.
Died: June 12, 1963
American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was the NAACP field secretary of Mississippi state. He has also served the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked toward securing voting rights for all and to end racial segregation. He was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith in 1963. 

 13 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.

 14 Monta Ellis

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

 15 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

 16 Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells.
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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.

 17 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

 18 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

 19 Ken Carter

Ken Carter.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: February 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fernwood, Mississippi, United States

 20 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

 21 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

 22 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

 23 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.

 24 Marion Barry

Marion Barry.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Itta Bena, Mississippi, U.S.

 25 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.

 26 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
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 27 Archie Moore

Archie Moore.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benoit, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 1998

 28 Richard Wright

Richard Wright.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roxie, Mississippi, United States
Died: November 28, 1960

 29 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

 30 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

 31 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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 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

 35 Cassi Davis

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

 36 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.

 37 Chris Carson

Chris Carson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States

 38 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

 39 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

 40 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

 41 Lusia Harris

Lusia Harris
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minter City, Mississippi, United States

 42 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.

 43 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

 44 Karlous Miller

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

 45 Daniel Curtis Lee

Daniel Curtis Lee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.

 46 Jason Campbell

Jason Campbell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States

 47 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

 48 Ernie Terrell

Ernie Terrell
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: April 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belzoni, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 16, 2014

 49 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

 50 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