Famous Black People
Famous Black People
This lens is dedicated to some of the famous black people in American history. Many of the people featured here are some of the most inspirational people of our times as well as from the past. In this lens we highlight African American leaders, athletes, musicians, TV and movie stars and any other categories we can think. of. If people are missing please add them too!
Famous Black People of TV and Movies
These are some of the most famous black people on TV and film
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
James Earl Jones
Jesse L. Martin
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Vote for your favorite famous African American star of TV or film
Who is your favorite black movie star
Famous Black Musicians
This section is reserved for those African Americans in the music industry. this list includes some black people from the past and some black people from the present.
Musicians and Singers
John Lee Hooker
Mary J. Blige
Nat King Cole
Sammy Davis Jr.
Books about Famous Black People
There are so many great books about Famous African Americans and Inspirational Black People. Here are just a few. Leave some other suggestions in the comments.
Best Websites about Famous Black People
Some of these are gossip sites, some are news and some are historical. Either way, they are all great sites to find out about famous black people.
The Black Man Survival Guide with articles and profiles of famous and inspirational black men and women
- Black Past
History site containing profiles of famous African Americans past and present
Black gossip (or "bossip"). Gives you the straight scoop on current events andentertainment news relevant to the black community
- The Grio
The latest news on issues affecting people in the black community
The latest on all the famous people in the music, video and TV industry
African American Leaders Top 25
In 2009 TheGrio.com did an extensive survey of 175 African American scholars to determine a list of the top 25 African American leaders in history. Here is their list (link to original study).
Note: Key figures that are not no this list that should be included are Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Medger Evers among many others
25 Charles Hamilton Houston
24. Harry Belafonte
23. Nat Turner
22. Carter Woodson
21. Mary McLeod Bethune
20. John H. Johnson
19. Jesse Jackson
18. Marcus Garvey
17. Fannie Lou Hamer
16. A. Phillip Randolph
15. Paul Robeson
14. Dred Scott
13. James Baldwin
12. Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
11. Booker T. Washington
10. Ella Baker
9. Ida B Wells
8. Rosa Parks
7. Harriet Tubman
6. Frederick Douglas
5. Malcolm X
4. Thurgood Marshall
3. WEB DuBois
2. Barack Obama
1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Famous Black Athletes
This is not a list of the best African American athletes but they are some of the most famous black athletes of all time
Most Famous Black Athlete - Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is the most famous black athlete of all time! (Most inspirational too!)
Other Lists of Famous Black People
Here are some other places on the web to find lists with bios of famous and inspirational black people
- Inspirational People
Bios and profiles of inspirational African Americans past and present at AfroDaddy.com
- Famous African Americans at About.com
100 Famous African-American Men and Women of the 20th Century
- Wikipedia Lists of African Americans
Famous politicians and other African American historical figures
- Famous Black Activists at Biography.com
Famous African American activists
Famous Black Comedians
Here is a list of some of the most famous black comedians with links to one of their funner skits on YouTube.
Other famous black comedians not listed below include Redd Foxx, Katt Wiliams, Eddie Griffin, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans (all the Wayans), Martin Lawrence, Aries Spears, Robin Harris, Paul Mooney, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, George Wallace and Tracy Morgan