Top Ten African American Figures Who Changed the World

The Top Ten

1 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through ...read more.

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 preached equality and equality gained by nonviolent protest. So many other movements have MLK to thank for showing us how to make a difference.

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

MLK helped African Americans gain civil rights in America. Without him MJ and PAC would never have had as much success as they did.

2 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 wonder whether there would be a black president today, Tupac got his generation interested in politics

3 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 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 ...read more.

First black president, what else needs to be said?

Yes We can

5 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.

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

I was expecting Michael to be on this list within the top 3, well done

I think Michael Jackson did change the world

6 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. ...read more.

Freeman is better than Obama!

7 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 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 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

AMAZING GUY

12 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 ...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, 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 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 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".

Rosa Parks is a great women

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

Yes - NickXH

16 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

17 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.

Should be in the top ten.

18 Booker T. Washington Booker Taliaferro Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.
19 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.
20 Laurence Fishburne Laurence John Fishburne III is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and film director.

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

21 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.
22 XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

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

23 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.
24 Jesse Owens
25 Sojourner Truth
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