Greatest African Americans

The Top Ten

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

He, Michael Jackson, and Rosa Parks are my top three. Michael Jordan is awesome but I don't really think he's one of the best people ever. He's a great athlete, but he didn't really do anything that changed the world. - Alpha101

He hellped change the what other people though he should of never gotten shout he standed on what he believed.

2 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.
3 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.
4 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 of all times, now and forever'

5 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.
6 Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
7 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".

This woman had the courage to say NO to give up her seat to a white man. And even though she was unfairly arrested, that word drove the hearts of all Black Americans to make sure that she was let out jail. Before, Black Americans had assigned seats in buses. Today, they can sit wherever they want in a bus because of this woman. She was represented in the 100 Women Who Changed The World Magazine and, she was part of Martin Luther King, Jr's inspiration. - davakoh

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

DOCTOR Ben Carson, a truly excellent surgeon and an excellent person all around.

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

9 Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State, and National Security Adviser for the Untied States, attended university of Notre Dame and was Provost of Stanford University.
On the board of Directors of Chevron, Hewlett-Packard, Rand Corporation, and several more.
Named "Most Powerful Woman in the World" by Forbes Magazine for 2004 and 2005, and #2 in the world in 2006.

All polls indicate she would win easily if she ran for Governor of California, but she has stated categorically that she will not run.

10 Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

The Contenders

11 Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.
12 B.B. King Riley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.

BBKING hands down the very best

13 Kimberly Brooks
14 Marcus Garvey
15 T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh
16 Harriet Tubman

Wow, a true American hero like Harriet Tubman is below some random Steven Universe voice actor named Kimberly Brooks and some random Teen Titans voice actor named T'Keyah Crystal Keymah. I wonder who did this... - 445956

A very courageous woman. Definitely a heroine for everyone who believes in freedom.

17 Colin Powell

Could have easily won the election in 1996, and become the first African-American US President, but chose not to run for personal reasons.

18 Kevin Hart Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for more.
19 James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".
20 Barack Obama

He made history as the first African American president.

21 Bill Cosby William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. more.
22 Thomas Sowell
23 Dave Chappelle David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an African American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor.

So funny he is definitely one of the kings of comedy.

24 Samuel L Jackson
25 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

Amazing, smart, empathatic. Such a hard worker and a role model to many. She deserves to be in the top 10.

26 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.
27 Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
28 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.
29 Maya Angelou
30 Jim Brown James Nathaniel Brown is a former professional American football player and actor. He was a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League from 1957 through 1965.
31 John W. Thompson
32 Ursula Burns

CEO of Xerox Corporation, attended NYU and Columbia University.
Rated by Forbes Magazine as 22nd most powerful woman in the world in 2014.
Also on the Board of Directors of American Express and Exxon.

33 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.
34 Thurgood Marshall
35 Clarence Thomas

Justice of the Supreme Court.

36 50 Cent Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.
37 Tiger Woods Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time.
38 Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and semi-retired professional wrestler, signed with WWE.
39 Guion Bluford
40 Ronald McNair

Astronaut killed in Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, 1986.

41 Mae Jemison

First African-American woman Astronaut in space, 1992.

42 Michael P. Anderson
43 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

He had "The Right Stuff"; tragically killed during astronaut training in 1967.

44 Lebron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.
45 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.
46 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang". more.
47 Kevin Durant Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, and the Nets. He was MVP of the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals.
48 Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.
49 Stephen Curry Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.
50 James Harden James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.
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