Top Ten African American Figures Who Changed the World


The Top Ten

1 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

With all the respect to the greatest rapper ever; Tupac did not change the world, and neither did Michael Jackson. Martin Luther King Jr. is the only one on this list who has actually made a difference. And a quite big one, indeed.

He fought for civil rights in America, and he followed non-Violent teachings like Mahatama Gandhi - roblist

Martin has changed history way more then Michael jackson

Martin Luther king did more than Tupac could ever do.

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2 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was more.

Tupac was the best rappers of all times

A poet and Rapper, Tupac changed the world with his songs talking about how life is unfair and we should all get along, he was endlessly battling for equality in the world, and is considered a Legend of Rap - roblist

he has changed the world with his music and the way he talked there for i believe that tupac is the one one african american figure in the world because of his music and his lyrics soo everyone vote for tupac

I like his music RIP

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3 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

The greatest boxer who ever lived, also a poet who fought not only for championships but for respect, an inspirational person - roblist

He was a beast he was amazing judt like Joe Louis

4 Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt more.

First black president, what else needs to be said? - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

Seeing this on this list made me sad. Obama in front of Morgan Freeman. Sad sad days.

Yes We can

5 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

He was all good and stuff but he was still a pedo

He brought pure magic to the world. Brought awareness. Brought joy, escapism, bliss to the public. Fought against racism, prejudice, and other global causes. Awarded for being a celebrity who donated the most money to 30+ charities. Visited as many orphanages as he went on tours, bring toys to all the children and autographing their items. He was directly involved in cutting world hunger and spreading a global campaign of peace, unity, love, and equality. This was an amazing man.

Changed the world? He didn't changed me or the music that I'm listening. In 1977 he was part of the " Disco" movement ( he wasn't called King of Pop back then ) but I can tell you for sure ( in Europe at least ) that in 1977 " Punk " has changed the world ( post-punk, New Wave, Dark Wave, Electro-Wave, Industrial etc... came after the punk influences ). Just because he had a big selling album in the eighties doesn't mean that everything else in music changed ( not every black artist changed his music or adopted his music because of him ). He changed the Videoclip concept? Believe me, theme-clips were invented in the sixties ( just look at the clip of " Dead end street by THE KINKS.). Choreografy dancing? He didn't invented that. Too overrated just like most persons on this list. Martin Luther King Jr. should be first on this list. Without him there would be no Michael Jackson or Tupac. He really changed the world for African Americans! Not those singers.

MJ changed the world would his songs, and soon became the King of Pop and soon after that The Greatest Singer in the World - roblist

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6 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. more.

Freeman is better than Obama!

7 Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie more.

He has a small part in just about every Blockbuster that comes out, considered the most successful actor of his time(now) - roblist

Go star wars!

8 Condoleezza Rice Condoleezza Rice

Rated "Most Powerful Woman in the World" in 2004 and 2005, and #2 in the world in 2006 by Forbes magazine.

9 Colin Powell
10 Thurgood Marshall

The Contenders

11 Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.

Eddie Murphy is considered the funniest comedian of all time, - roblist


12 Will Smith Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is more.

Because he is a good actor

A great actor known for his comedies and also serious dramas - roblist

13 Malcolm X Malcolm X Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist.

Sub to pewdiepie

I agree with you he should be top 5

Why is this man so low on the list!? Should be in the top 5! - TheParasiter

14 Ben Carson Ben Carson Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr. is a retired American neurosurgeon and former candidate for President of the United States.

Worked his way up from extreme poverty to become one of the greatest surgeons of all time.

He's is good

15 Rodney King

Rodney King became famous when he was brutally bashed by two L.A. police officers, he changed the world about how the police in America work - roblist

16 Denzel Washington Denzel Washington Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day.

Should be in the top ten.

He is the greatest African American actor of all time, he has Won 2 Oscars - roblist

He's probably one of the biggest actors out there today - Mcgillacuddy

It made me sad to see him below Will Smith.

17 Rosa Parks Rosa Parks Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

Girl power! this woman changed the world for the better. Love you Rosa!

18 Laurence Fishburne Laurence Fishburne

A good actor known for The Matrix and Boyz N Tha hood - roblist

19 Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States.
20 Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.
21 Robert Johnson Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians.
22 Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
23 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (born January 23, 1998), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

X would be a good person because he helped people come over their depression including me

24 Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
25 Sojourner Truth
26 W. E. B. Du Bois
27 Pele Pele Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as "Pelé", is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. He is one of the best players in football, hence why he's nicknamed the "king of football".


28 Clarence Thomas
29 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.
30 Von Miller Von Miller Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.
31 Mike Tyson Mike Tyson Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, four months and 22 days old.
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