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List of Famous African Americans

There are millions of famous African Americans whose contributions have been a critical part of American growth and triumph.  The Following is a list of some of these famous African Americans.



A. Philip Randolph
Aaron Neville
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Alain Locke
Alan Page
Albert Belle
Alex Haley
Alfre Woodard
Alice Coachman
Alice Walker
Alonzo “Jake” Gaither
Alvin Ailey
Amira Baraka
Andre Braugher
Andrew Young
Angela Bassett
Angela Davis
Anita DeFrantz
Anita Hill
Anna Kingsley
Antoine “Fats” Domino
Archibald Alphonso Alexander
Archibald H. Grimke
Archie Griffin
Archie Moore
Aretha Franklin
Arna Bontemps
Arthur Ashe
Arthur Mitchell
August Wilson
Avery Brooks
B.B. King
Barack Obama
Barbara C. Harris
Barbara Jordan
Barry Bonds
Barry Sanders
Bayard Rustin
Bell Hooks
Ben Harper
Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Bradley
Benjamin Hooks
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
Benny Carter
Bernie Mac
Berry Gordy, Jr.
Betty Carter
Bill Cosby
Bill Lewis
Bill Russell
Bill White
Billie Holiday
Bo Diddley
Bo Jackson
Bob Beamon
Bob McAdoo
Booker T. Washington
Buck Buchanan
Buck Leonard
Busta Rhymes
Butch Reynolds
Butterfly McQueen
Cab Calloway
Calvin Murphy
Calvin Peete
Carl B. Stokes
Carl Lewis
Carl Weathers
Carmelo Anthony
Carol Moseley-Braun
Carter G. Woodson
Cassandra Wilson
Cecil Fielder
Chamillionaire
Charles Barkley
Charles Fuller
Charles Hamilton Houston
Charles Mingus
Charles Rangel
Charles Richard Drew
Charles W. Chesnutt
Charlie “Bird” Parker
Charlie Sifford
Charlie Ward
Cheryl Miller
Chris Rock
Chuck Berry
Clarence L. Elder
Clarence Thomas
Colin Powell
Condoleezza Rice
Coretta Scott King
Count Basie
Countee Cullen
Cris Carter
Crispus Attucks
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Curt Flood
Daisy Bates
DaMarcus Beasley
Daniel James, Jr.
Daniel Hale Williams
Danny Glover
Darius Rucker
David Crosthwait, Jr.
David Dinkins
David Robinson
Deacon Jones
Debbie Allen
Deion Sanders
Denmark Vesey
Dennis Rodman
Denzel Washington
Derek Jeter
Diahann Carroll
Diana Ross
Dizzy Gillespie
Dominique Dawes
Don King
Dorothy Dandridge
Duke Ellington
Dwyane Wade
Earl Campbell
Earl Lloyd
Eartha Kitt
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Robinson
Edmonia Lewis
Edward Bouchet
Edward Brooke
Edward Bullins
Edwin Moses
Eldridge Cleaver
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Elgin Baylor
Elijah J. McCoy
Elijah Muhammad
Ella Baker
Ella Fitzgerald
Elvin Hayes
Emmett W. Chappelle
Eric Dickerson
Ernest Everett Just
Ernie Banks
Ervin “Magic” Johnson
Eubie Blake
Evan Forde
Evander Holyfield
Eve Jeffers
Evelyn Ashford
Father Divine
Fayard Nicholas
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
Flip Wilson
Floyd McKissick
Floyd Patterson
Forest Whitaker
Foxy Brown
Franco Harris
Frank Robinson
Fred Shuttlesworth
Freddy Adu
Frederick Douglass
Frederick McKinley Jones
Fritz Pollard
Gabriel Prosser
Gail Devers
Garrett Augustus Morgan
George Clinton
George Foreman
George Gervin
George Washington Carver
Gertrude “Ma” Rainey
Gloria Reuben
Gordon Parks
Granville T. Woods
Greenbury Logan
Greensboro Four
Gregory Hines
Gwendolyn Brooks
Hakeem Olajuwon
Halle Berry
Hank Aaron
Harold Washington
Harriet Tubman
Harrison Dillard
Harry Belafonte
Harry T. Burleigh
Hattie McDaniel
Henry Armstrong
Henry Highland Garnet
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Tanner
Herbie Hancock
Herman Russell Branson
Herschel Walker
Hiram R. Revels
Holly Robinson-Peete
Homer Plessy
Horace Pippin
Howard Swanson
Huddie Ledbetter
Huey Newton
Isiah Thomas
Jack Johnson
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jackie Robinson
Jacob Lawrence
Jamaica Kincaid
James “Buster” Douglas
James “Cool Papa” Bell
James Armistead
James Baldwin
James Brown
James Earl Jones
James Farmer
James Meredith
James Van Der Zee
James Weldon Johnson
Janet Jackson
Jason Kidd
Jayson Williams
Jean Baptiste Point du
Jean Toomer
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jerry Rice
Jesse Jackson
Jesse Owens
Jessye Norman
Jewel Plummer Cobb
Jim Brown
Jimi Hendrix
Joe Frazier
Joe Greene
Joe Louis
Joe Morgan
Joel Elias Spingarn
Johanna July
John Coltrane
John Conyers
John Edgar Wideman
John Freeman
John Hope Franklin
John Johnson
John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson
John Lee Hooker
John Mercer Langston
John R. Lewis
John Russwurm
Johnnie Johnson
Johnny Cochran
Joseph Cinqué
Joseph Rainey
Josephine Baker
Joycelyn Elders
Judith Jamison
Judy Johnson
Julia Carson
Julian Bond
Julius “Dr. J” Erving
Jupiter Hammon
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Karl Malone
Katherine Dunham
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Kenneth B. Clark
Kirby Puckett
Kobe Bryant
Kweisi Mfume
Langston Hughes
Larry Holmes
Latrell Sprewell
Laurence Fishburne
Lauryn Hill
Lawrence Taylor
LeBron James
Lee Calhoun
Lee Elder
Lee Evans
Lena Horne
Leon A. Higginbotham, Jr.
Leon Spinks
Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Leontyne Price
Leroy Burrell
LeVar Burton
Lewis Howard Latimer
Lil’ Kim
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Lloyd Augustus Hall
Lois Mailou Jones
Lorraine Hansberry
Louis Armstrong
Louis Farrakhan
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Ludacris
Lynn Swann
Mae Jemison
Mahalia Jackson
Malcolm X
Marcus Garvey
Marian Anderson
Marian Wright Edelman
Marion Jones
Marion Motley
Martin Lawrence
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Robinson Delany
Marvin Gaye
Marvin Hagler
Mary McLeod Bethune
Matthew Ashby
Matthew Henson
Maulana Karenga
Maurice F. Rabb, Jr.
Maya Angelou
Maynard Jackson
Medgar Evers
Michael Jackson
Michael Johnson
Michael Jordan
Michael Moorer
Mike Jones
Mike Powell
Mike Tyson
Miles Davis
Missy Elliott
Mo Vaughn
Morgan Freeman
Moses Malone
Muddy Waters
Muhammad Ali
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Nat “King” Cole
Nat Turner
Natalie Cole
Nella Larsen
Nina Simone
Norbert Rillieux
O.J. Simpson
Octavia Butler
Oprah Winfrey
Oscar Robertson
Ossie Davis
Otis Redding
Pam Grier
Patrick Ewing
Paul Cuffe
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Robeson
Percy Julian
Peter Williams, Jr.
Peter Williams, Sr.
Philip Emeagwali
Phyllis Wheatley
Pierre Toussaint
Pretty Ricky
Prince
Prince Hall
Queen Latifah
Quincy Jones
Rafer Johnson
Ralph Abernathy
Ralph Boston
Ralph Bunche
Ralph Ellison
Ray Charles
Redd Foxx
Reggie Jackson
Reggie White
Reginald Lewis
Richard Allen
Richard Gordon Hatcher
Richard Pryor
Richard Wright
Richmond Barthé
Rickey Henderson
Robert Johnson
Robert L. Johnson
Robert Nathaniel Dett
Robert Russa Moton
Rod Carew
Roland Hayes
Romare Bearden
Rosa Parks
Roy Campanella
Roy Innis
Roy Jones Jr.
Ruby Dee
Sammy Davis Jr.
Samuel Elmer Imes
Samuel L. Jackson
Satchel Paige
Scatman Crothers
Scott Joplin
Scottie Pippen
Sean “Diddy” Combs
Shaquille O’Neal
Shari Belafonte-Harper
Sheryl Swoopes
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm
Sidney Poitier
Smokey Robinson
Sojourner Truth
Sonny Liston
Stevie Wonder
Stokely Carmichael
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Robinson
Thandie Newton
The Fugees
Thelonious Monk
Thomas “Fats” Waller
Thomas A. Dorsey
Thomas Hearns
Thomas L. Jennings
Thurgood Marshall
Thurman Thomas
Tiger Woods
Tina Turner
Tom Bradley
Toni Morrison
Tony Dorsett
Tony Gwynn
Toussaint L’Ouverture
Valerie Brisco-Hooks
Ving Rhames
Virginia Randolph
W. E. B. Du Bois
Wallace Thurman
Walter Payton
Warren Moon
Wesley Snipes
Whitney Houston
Whoopi Goldberg
Will Smith
William Christopher Handy
William DeHart Hubbard
William Grant Still
William H. Hastie
William L. Dawson
Willie Mays
Willie McCovey
Willie Stargell
Willis Reed
Wilt Chamberlain
Wynton Marsalis
Zora Neale Hurston

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