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.
Perhaps not the greatest in the world, but certainly one of the most recognizable figures in American history.
As for the "Have you met ALL 'black people of all time? '" comment... um, no. So what? The same observation could be made on almost all of the most popular lists on this site. Best songs of all time... "have you heard every song ever created? " No, nobody has. Best movies... nope, nobody has watched every movie either. Doesn't mean people can't have a little fun and debate the topic. A comment like this adds nothing. It's just there to piss people off.
And since when is it racist to use the acceptable term for a race of people? It's not racist to call someone white, black, Hispanic, etc., although it may be indicative of one's own racial prejudices to consider it racist to call someone black.
One of my favorite human beings. His dream and his ability to see passed hatred and see the good in all humanity, fight for it and be willing to die for it! - Pfeifferpfan
And plus how is this racist you obviously don't think much. Every black person is equal every person is equal. what do you mean 'who am I to decide' so what your saying is who am I to show my opinion. Do you not get that by best I mean inspirational. And on The Top Tens you have to be selective! you make a list on best white people! Also look up the word racist. Many people are liking this list and have not found it racist so why don't you them! - Amaan98
You kinda figured this guy would be number 1
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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.
Greatest man ever sad he died
3 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.
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.
R.I.P The Champ
5 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.
The literal voice of God - ryanrimmel
6 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".
All she did was sit her old tired black ass down on a bus. MLK did all the work.
7 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 molested children, he shouldn't be here - ryanrimmel
Why did he molested children? - LapisBob
He didn't betray the black community, he had he skin disorder vitiligo, which results in white patches on the skin.The cause of vitiligo is unknown. - TopTenVoter
He turned white and betrayed the black community >:(
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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".
He is good at everything in Soccer
9 Aretha Franklin
Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.
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.
He's the best black rapper,at all best - is Eminem.But Pac is lyric genius,some of his songs give me increadible feelings.He's not just a rapper,he is a really great poet. Dear mama,changes,Brenda got a baby are masterpieces,that reaching music legacy.
11 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.
12 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.
13 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.
14 George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver, was an American botanist and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he was born into slavery in Missouri, either in 1861, or January 1864.
15 Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.
16 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.
17 Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
A complete fraud who spends even more time promoting atheism and bashing traditional values than he does spouting baseless speculation regarding the mysteries of the universe.
Black version of bill nye the science guy good guy
18 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.
19 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.
20 Phil Lynott
Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.
21 Guion Bluford
Sad that the Access Hollywood/TMZ-addicted readers of TTT have no idea who this phenomenal person is.
22 Usain Bolt
Usain St. Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres ...read more.
23 Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
24 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.
One of my hometown heroes, Jackie Robinson was the first black Major League Baseball player, and has inspired thousands of black people to play sports. - thomwim
25 Bill Cosby
William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ...read more.
My favorite rapper,
26 Ray Rice
Raymell Mourice Rice (born January 22, 1987) is a former American football running back who played his entire professional career with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Rutgers and was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL ...read more.
27 Ben Carson
Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr. is a retired American neurosurgeon and former candidate for President of the United States.
One of the greatest surgeons of all time.
Vote for carson - zimrose03
28 Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.
She is my all-time favourite female singer, regardless of colour or nationality. - Britgirl
29 Ursula Burns
As CEO of Xerox, first African American female to head a Fortune 500 corporation. Attended Columbia University and got Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and also on the board of numerous other major companies, including Exxon.
30 Thurgood Marshall
31 Kenneth Chenault
32 Kathleen Battle
33 Booker T. Washington
34 Kanye West
Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
I hate when people troll lists with potential. - peaceswagtv
35 The Weeknd
Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on 16 February 1990 in Toronto, Ontario.
He used to upload songs on YouTube in 2010, now he has 3 studio albums. He has won 3 Grammy awards and 9 Juno Awards
36 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.
He had "The Right Stuff", but was tragically killed during astronaut training in 1967.
37 Leontyne Price
38 Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and various similar honors.
39 The Notorious B.I.G.
Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.
40 Sean Combs
Sean John Combs, also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy, Love and Brother Love is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur.
41 Mary Seacole
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .
43 Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
44 Patrice Lumumba
45 Kwame Nkrumah
46 Mary Boyoi
47 Langston Hughes
James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. ...read more.
48 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 ...read more.
Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.
50 Whoopi Goldberg
Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, and television host.