LIST OF FAMOUS AFRICAN AMERICANS

List of famous African Americans.



Obviously, there are many more famous African Americans than can be listed on a single page. But considering the challenges they've had to face throughout American History, it seems only fitting to acknowledge the many great contributions of African Americans to American culture. Included here are some of the best.

Below is a list (with photos) of outstanding African American artists, athletes, activists, educators, politicians and pioneers. Also noted are their professions, dates of birth, and the states where they grew up.

Shown to your right is a black power salute. The raised fist was a symbol of the Black Power movement in the 60s, which promoted economic, social, and political separation from whites in order to gain equality.




ALABAMA

Hank Aaron............................Pro Baseball.............................1934-

Charles Barkley.......................Pro Basketball...........................1963-

Nat King Cole.........................Musician...................................1919-1965

W.C. Handy............................Musician..................................1873-1958


Evander Holyfield.....................Boxer......................................1962-

Coretta Scott King...................Activist...................................1927-2006

Carl Lewis..............................Track & Field athlete..................1961-

Joe Louis...............................Boxer.......................................1914-1981

Willie Mays............................Baseball Player...........................1931-

Jesse Owens........... ..............Track & Field athlete..... .............1913-1980

Satchel Paige.......... ..............Baseball Player........... ...............1906-1982

Rosa Parks............... .............Activist....................................1913-2005

Condoleezza Rice.....................Politician..................................1954-

Willie Tyler................ .............Ventriloquist.............................1940-

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ALASKA

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ARIZONA

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ARKANSAS

Jocelyn Elders........................U.S. Surgeon General.....................1933-

Daisy Bates...........................Activist........................................1914-1999

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CALIFORNIA

Eddie Anderson...........................Actor...........................................1898-1977

Tyra Banks.................................Model..............................................1973-

Charles Barkley...........................Basketball Player.................................1963-

Barry Bonds................................Baseball Player...................................1964-

Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg).........Musician............................................1972-

Michael Dorn..............................Actor.................................................1952-

Florence Griffith-Joyner................Track & Field athlete............................1959-1998

Etta James................................Musician.............................................1938-

John Singleton............................Director.............................................1968-

Serena Williams...........................Tennis Player......................................1981-

Venus Williams............................Tennis Player......................................1980-

Tiger Woods...............................Golfer................................................1975

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COLORADO

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CONNECTICUT

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DELAWARE

Sugar Ray Leonard.........................Boxer.............................................1956-

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FLORIDA

Angela Bassett..............................Actor..............................................1958-

Zora Neale Hurston..........................Writer.............................................1891-1960

Daniel James.................................Aviator/4-Star General........................1920-1978

Sidney Poitier................................Actor...............................................1927-

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GEORGIA

Ray Charles................................Musician............................................1930-2004

Ossie Davis.................................Actor/Writer/Director...........................1917-2005

Patrick Healy...............................Catholic Priest....................................1834-1910

Martin Luther King........................Civil Rights Leader................................1929-1968

Spike Lee....................................Producer/Director................................1957

Ma Rainey...................................Musician............................................1886-1939

Jackie Robinson............................Baseball Player....................................1919-1972

Nipsey Russell..............................Comedian............................................1918-2005

Alice Walker................................Writer.................................................1944-

George Wallace............................Comedian............................................1952-

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HAWAII

Barack Obama...............................U.S. President.......................................1961-

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IDAHO

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ILLINOIS

Carol Moseley Braun.......................Senator.............................................1947-

Gary Coleman................................Actor................................................1968-

Miles Davis...................................Musician.............................................1926-1991

Redd Foxx....................................Comedian............................................1922-1991

Bryant Gumbel...............................Newscaster.........................................1948-

Quincy Jones................................Musician.............................................1933-

Bernie Mac...................................Comedian............................................1958-2008

Richard Pryor................................Comedian............................................1940-2005

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INDIANA

Janet Jackson................................Musician............................................1966-

Jermiane Jackson.............................Musician............................................1954-

LaToya Jackson...............................Musician............................................1956-

Marlon Jackson................................Musician............................................1958-

Michael Jackson...............................Musician............................................1958-2009

Randy Jackson.................................Musician............................................1956-

Tito Jackson....................................Musician............................................1953-

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IOWA

Eugene Baker.................................Baseball Player...................................1925-1999

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KANSAS

Gwendolyn Brooks.............................Poet...............................................1917-2000

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KENTUCKY

Muhammad Ali.................................Boxer...............................................1942-

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LOUISIANA

Louis Armstrong..............................Musician............................................1901-1971

Fats Domino...................................Musician............................................1928-

Jellyroll Morton...............................Musician............................................1890-1941

Wynton Marsalis..............................Musician............................................1961-

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MAINE

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MARYLAND

Eubie Blake......................................Musician..........................................1887-1983

Frederick Douglass............................Abolitionist......................................1817-1895

Matthew Henson..............................Explorer............................................1866-1955

Thurgood Marshall............................Supreme Court Judge...........................1908-1993

Harriet Tubman................................Abolitionist........................................1820-1910

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MASSACHUSETTS

W.E.B. Dubois................................Writer/Activist.....................................1868-1963

Phyllis Wheatley.............................Poet..................................................1753-1784

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MICHIGAN

Ralph Bunche.................................Diplomat............................................1904-1971

Magic Johnson................................Basketball Player.................................1959-

Calvin Peete...................................Golfer................................................1943

Smokey Robinson.............................Musician...........................................1940-

Diana Ross......................................Musician...........................................1944

Stevie Wonder................................Musician............................................1950-

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MINNESOTA

Prince..........................................Musician............................................1958-

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MISSISSIPPI

Medgar Evers.................................Activist............................................1925-1963

Robert L. Johnson............................Media Exec.......................................1946-

James Earle Jones............................Actor...............................................1931-

Walter Payton.................................Football Player...................................1954-1999

Charley Pride...................................Musician...........................................1938-

Richard Wright................................Writer...............................................1908-1960

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MISSOURI

Maya Angelou.................................Writer...............................................1928-

Josephine Baker...............................Entertainer........................................1906-1975

Chuck Berry....................................Musician............................................1926-

George Washington Carver.................Botanist............................................1861-1943

Langston Hughes..............................Writer...............................................1902-1967

Jackie Joyner-Kersee.........................Track & Field athlete............................1962-

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MONTANA

Bill Picket......................................Rodeo Star..........................................1870-1932

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NEBRASKA

Malcolm X.....................................Activist..............................................1925-1965

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NEVADA

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

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NEW JERSEY

Count Basie..................................Musician............................................1904-1984

Hurricane Carter.............................Boxer...............................................1937-

Whitney Houston............................Musician............................................1963-

Jacob Lawrence..............................Artist...............................................1917-

Shaquille O'Neal..............................Basketball Player.................................1972-

Queen Latifah................................Rapper/Producer..................................1970-

Paul Robeson.................................Actor/Activist......................................1898-1976

Clerow "Flip" Wilson..........................Comedian...........................................1933-1998

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NEW MEXICO

Jay Wright.....................................Poet..................................................1935-

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NEW YORK

James Baldwin................................Writer..............................................1924-1987

Harry Belafonte...............................Entertainer/Humanitarian.....................1927-

Cab Calloway..................................Musician...........................................1907-1994

Godfrey Cambridge...........................Comedian.........................................1933-1976

Diahann Carol..................................Entertainer.......................................1935-

Sean "Puffy" Combs..........................Musician...........................................1971-

Sammy Davis Jr...............................Entertainer........................................1925-1990

Julius Erving....................................Basketball Player................................1950-

Laurence Fishburne...........................Actor...............................................1961-

Whoopee Goldberg............................Comedian..........................................1955-

Gregory Hines...................................Dancer/Entertainer..............................1946-2003

Lena Horne......................................Musician............................................1917-

Kareem Abdul Jabar...........................Basketball Player..................................1947-

Michael Jordan..................................Basketball Player.................................1963-

Eddie Murphy....................................Comedian..........................................1961-

Colin Powell......................................U.S. Army General...............................1937-

Chris Rock........................................Comedian..........................................1966-

Al Roker...........................................Weatherman......................................1954-

Tupac Shakur....................................Musician...........................................1971-1996

Al Sharpton.......................................Activist............................................1954-

Sojourner Truth..................................Abolitionist.......................................1797-1883

Luther Vandross.................................Musician..........................................1951-2005

Denzel Washington..............................Actor..............................................1954-

Damon Wayans...................................Comedian.........................................1960-

Keenan Ivory Wayans...........................Entertainer.......................................1958-

Kim Wayans........................................Entertainer.......................................1960-

Marlon Wayans....................................Entertainer........................................1972-

Sean Wayans......................................Entertainer........................................1971-

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NORTH CAROLINA

John Coltraine...................................Musician............................................1926-1967

Moms Mabley....................................Comedian...........................................1897-1975

Thelonius Monk..................................Musician............................................1917-1982

Nina Simone......................................Musician............................................1933-2003

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NORTH DAKOTA

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OHIO

Halle Berry......................................Actor................................................1966-

Dorothy Dandridge............................Entertainer.........................................1922-1965

Paul Laurence Dunbar........................Poet.................................................1872-1906

Toni Morrison...................................Writer...............................................1931-

Granville Woods................................Inventor............................................1856-1910

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OKLAHOMA

Ralph Ellison................................Writer..............................................1914-1994

Wayman Tisdale...............................Basketball Star, Jazz Guitarist.....................1914-1994

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OREGON

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PENNSYLVANIA

Ed Bradley...................................Journalist..........................................1941-2006

Wilt Chamberlain............................Basketball Player...............................1936-1999

Bill Cosby......................................Comedian/Producer/Writer...................1937-

Billie Holiday...................................Musician..........................................1915-1959

Reggie Jackson...............................Baseball Player..................................1946

Judith Jamison................................Dancer.............................................1943-

Will Smith......................................Actor...............................................1968-

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RHODE ISLAND

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SOUTH CAROLINA

James Brown...................................Musician...........................................1933-2006

Chubby Checker...............................Musician...........................................1941-

Dizzy Gillespie..................................Musician...........................................1917-1993

Jesse Jackson..................................Activist............................................1941-

William "Refrigerator" Perry..................Football Player...................................1962-

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SOUTH DAKOTA

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TENNESSEE

Aretha Franklin.................................Musician..........................................1942-

Morgan Freeman...............................Actor..............................................1937-

Alex Haley.......................................Writer.............................................1921-1992

Isaac Hayes.....................................Musician/Actor.................................1942-2008

Samuel L. Jackson.............................Actor..............................................1948-

Wilma Rudolph..................................Track & Field athlete..........................1940-1994

Tina Turner......................................Musician..........................................1939-

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TEXAS

Alvin Ailey........................................Dancer/Choreographer........................1931-1989

George Foreman................................Boxer..............................................1948-

Jamie Foxx.......................................Comedian.........................................1967-

Bernard A. Harris Jr............................Astronaut/MD...................................1956-

Beyonce Knowles...............................Musician..........................................1981-

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UTAH

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VERMONT

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VIRGINIA

Archibald Alexander........................Educator............................................1772-1851

Arthur Ashe..................................Tennis Player.......................................1943-1993

Clara Brown..................................Philanthropist......................................1800-1880

Ella Fitzgerald................................Musician............................................1918-1996

Wanda Sykes................................Comedian............................................1964-

Booker T. Washington.....................Educator............................................1856-1915

Douglas Wilder...............................Politician............................................1931-

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WASHINGTON

Gail Devers..................................Track & Field athlete...............................1966-

Jimi Hendrix.................................Musician................................................1942-1970

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WASHINGTON DC

Edward Brooke................................Senator............................................1919

Duke Ellington...............................Musician............................................1899-1974

Marvin Gaye..................................Musician............................................1939-1984

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WEST VIRGINIA

Henry Louis Gates............................Educator............................................1950

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WISCONSIN

Al Jarreau......................................Musician...................................................1940-

Oprah Winfrey................................Talk Show Host/Philanthropist.......................1954

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WYOMING

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