Top Ten African American Figures Who Changed the World

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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

He was like each and every one of us, only one difference. He put his dreams into action. He fought for equality, not only for him but for everyone who was being treated badly. Unlike other people, he tried to make things right. Thank you for reading😃😃

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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 ...read more.

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

Pac would of made a bigger impacted than he already did if he didn't die so early. If most of the people died at 25 they wouldn't of made much of a change but Pac did though a way that younger people respond to... Music RIP 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 is 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 Romney.

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 ...read more.

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

Great with music

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6 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman ...read 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 ...read 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 Colin Powell
9 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.

10 Thurgood Marshall

The Contenders

11 Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy

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

AMAZING GUY

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 lineup, Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is often referred ...read more.

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

Because he is a good actor

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.

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

I agree with you he should be top 5

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.

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

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

19 Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington
20 Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson
21 Robert Johnson Robert Johnson
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 Jesse Owens Jesse Owens
24 Sojourner Truth
25 Pele Pele Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.

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26 Clarence Thomas
27 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 ...read more.
28 Von Miller Von Miller Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.
29 W. E. B. Du Bois
30 Mike Tyson Mike Tyson
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