Most Influential Black Peopleafex
The Top Ten
This guy is the reason behind the respect of any black man, without him Obama wouldn't have been president, and M. J wouldn't have been a singer.
Think carefully before you vote... this guy changed the WORLD! - DJZeezo
I LOVE this guy! For real! I used to listen to his speech I have a dream all the time. At one point, we where learning about it in class and where split up into groups. We where told to pick someone to read the speech to the rest of the speech and this one guy decided to go. The entire time I was pissing him off by saying the whole speech while he did it! LOL! - dipperpinesfangirl618
Michael jackson really? He's only a singer... This man changed the world and would have kept changing the world if not for his tragic death.
I love himV 50 Comments
This man was a true genius, he fought for peace and remains in the heart of not only Africans but people all around the world. Michael Jackson inspired pop artists not precisely African Americans. He's only being voted at the top because of sympathy votes.
He was in my opinion greatest black man of new ages because he has done so much for his nation that no other black man has ever done. He sacrificed his own ego and kept his race and country at first instead of his own revenge, which made his country so powerful and united.
Not because I'm from his country but because this man of honor did not want any kind of oppression
He was soumdV 10 Comments
The fact that Malcolm X isn't number one is sad. He told the unadulterated, politically incorrect truth about race in America. Whereas MLK talked about a dream, Malcolm preached the ugly reality. He encouraged Black people to learn their true history, be proud of who they are, and to rely on each other. He deserves every bit of the celebration and reverence that King gets.
Clarity of the affects of slavery on a group of enslaved Africans came from this master teacher. He gave African Americans consciousness of true "self worth". Studying his ideology dismiss one's perceived inferior complex manufactured from slavery in the U.S.
He and martin both believed in equal rights, but x was violent
He's AWESOME."V 7 Comments
It is said that he used his fortune amassed from his artistic success to donate over 300 million to charity, and supported around 39 charities. He and Lionel Richie wrote a song that was responsible for saving millions of lives in Africa during the deep famine in the 80's. His legacy is not just his music, it is the message of unity, love, and brother/sisterhood that will last for generations. He also substantially changed the face of popular music and video in America and the world, breaking racial barriers every step of the way. From the chitlin circuit to owning the most valuable music catalogue in the world, to breaking every musical record ever set, this man gave his all, and did it with humility and love.
Such an amazing man, full of passion and compisition. Even today his greatest hits can still be heard amongst the biggest radio stations across the world. With early fame an success he went on to continue to go from strength to strength with no1. singles such as "Thriller", "Man in the mirror", "Beat it" and such others.
Michael Jackson was the most famous human being on the planet for years of his life, he is undoubtedly the most influential black person of all time
His work and humanitarian contributions have influenced the world including me! He's such a great Inspiration..V 19 Comments
Barack Obama is the greatest president of my life "i'm 30" his Health Care Act gave Healthcare to my father for $50 a month. He got the unemployment rate to the lowest it's almost ever been he also save the economy after Bush destroyed it in 2008. And this is coming from a liberal.
I don't like Barrack Obama. I dislike him because he is reposible for doubling our national debt. He is also part of the reason why my dad needed a new job. Obamacare is one of the dumbest things ever. It made it so private practice can't thrive. My family was making it's way to the upper class. Now, we're lower middle class. Also, Obama care is only good if you're healthy and younger than 50. If you are 50 or over you're consider disposable.
He should be at the top! He is first African-American president of the United States!
Being the first black president doesn't mean he was influential. - Moorefamval
He lowered the unemployment rate to 4%, and broke a major color barrier.V 14 Comments
I feel as if the fact that she did something about the segregation of blacks and whites back then is just the courage and pride in self that is needed on a daily basis, not to mention the fact that black women were also on they're own being overlooked by society.
She helped M.L. K and was the major push for the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat in the black section when then white section was full.
Utter bravery which contributed to a sea change.
She should 4th or more because unlike Malcolm X she did promote violenceV 1 Comment
Changed my views on the world, he also changed my thought process if I become successful he is partially to blame
He is a great icon! Live that man. He changed my views on this earth
He wrote songs about good things in life HE IS VERY POSITIVE
Very good artistV 6 Comments
Beaten and abused, Winfrey is one of the greatest talk show hosts of all time-she was even named the most paid female T.V. entertainer of 2010. She helps women all around the world with her Charities and she is one of the best talk show hosts to walk this earth.
Most people don't even understand the depth of why she has a channel called "OWN" and what she is telling you in that one word. Black people need to take heed to that.
Oprah is probably the most inspiring black woman of all time
AND YOU GET A FREE CAR! AND YOU GET A FREE CAR!V 1 Comment
He was one of the greatest because he solely not only fight against his so many greats but also stood against the dictatorship of US government too and he kept his mind clean and thoughts too. He was the great boxer ever born and despite against all odds he always proved No. 1
Extremely wise & he never gave up!
He gave so many people confidence in themselves irrespective of what they were going through he just was honestly an ambassador of self worth that if you have love and confidence in yourself you can achieve your goals.
He is beautifalV 10 Comments
Songs like Keep Ya Head Up, Dear Mama, Brenda's Got A Baby, If My Homie Calls, Life Goes On, Changes, Letter 2 My Unborn Child, Lord Knows, I Wonder If Heaven's Got A Ghetto, Trapped, It Ain't Easy, Nothing To Lose, Holler If Ya Hear Me, the' Lunatic, So Many Tears and a lot of others are the perfect example of how this guy was a revolutionary, in the beginning Thug Life was a movement that 2Pac created that had several rules that helped a lot to reduce the rate of crime and murder in a lot of cities and prisons in the USA, the words and poems of this men help a lot of people, more than the best rapper ever he was a visionary with a great future, R.I.P. Tupac
He was so influential just listen to Brenda's got a Baby or Keep ya Head Up! Those were very Influential songs! Tupac's legacy is still shown today, and he is still making albums 15 years after his death.
He was really just an intelligent black man, self educated after dropping out of school and still being able to give poetic messages through to the public in his music knowing that media is the best way to have your voice heard, he really inspired more than just one generation.
Tupac is amazingV 15 Comments
He is so god at them memes
Bill Cosby above Frederick Douglass. Lol - N4XUS
When Lisa Bonet wouldn't come out vigorously for him, that told me everything. Sad sad.
he's okV 2 Comments
First black player in the mlb!
His my boy!
He is the most famous and respected black person every, who else on this list could be know by a image around the world?
Just a bit of a lad really
He slam dunk his way to black victory, nice one Mike.
Sonia loves this manV 4 Comments
Such a legend
The greatest South African ever, if only South African media was not controlled then the world would realize the influence and greatness of this Man. Ironically the man above him on the list used to call this man a god when he walked in a room.
She is not a inspiration - micahisthebest
No she's not either
She is an inspiration
Lover her go queen beeV 5 Comments
Amazing influence and example set by a black man trapped in poverty, who became one of the greatest surgeons ever, and specialized in saving children's lives. Haters need to check themselves.
Maybe as far as being a surgeon goes. Definitely not as a politician.
The "Historic Revisionists" love to tear him apart.
litV 1 Comment
Invented so many famous guitar licks without him half the riffs played by bands today would not exist.
He has influenced the some of the best guitarists in the world today - Jazzman
He was a great rapper.
Bog eye in half
I love him
R.I.P KING OF New York
She's not either
Proudly Rwandan and African!
Frederick Douglass was really one of the first African Americans to stand up to the slavery institutions and degradations of the US. With his great intelligence and astute manner, he convinced many that his people deserved better. He really was the MLK of his day.
Read about this man if you don't understand he should be top10
Without fredrick, all those people above in the list might still be slaves, no offense. - wren6
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King JR would probably equate to what Frederick Douglas achieved in 19 th century. See his influence on Jefferson and Lincoln’s abolition laws then rate him. Surely in top 5.V 1 Comment
The greatest leader next to his teacher Elijah Muhammad in modern time
I'm not a Muslim but I think he is the best scholar of all time
A very outspoken and truthful person...
SnakeV 4 Comments
Real Singer -
Need to move up to about #6
He's a pop culture icon... one of the first rappers to come up and not swear and not only that but giving mostly black kids and kids in general a feeling of collective understanding that "parents just don't understand"
Saved the world three times and defeated the zombies in New york
He should be #1
He is idealist and he thinks the black people are capable of managing their own affairs. He also of a holistic independence for all continent. He is a real legend.
He is idealist and he thinks black people are capable of managing their own affairs. He also think of a holistic independent for all oppressed continent..
He helped int he fighting for independence for the African Continent at larege. This man is a true hero
This man won the times africa’s Millennium man award over Nelson Mandela, he will always be top 5 among influential black people
A lot of people dislike him (for no reason) but LeBron is a great dude he gave Miami two rings and hopefully he'll give Cleveland at least one - 9713524179
He's thinks he's the best player in NBA when he's not
Kenya's 1st President, lead in struggle for independence for Kenya and other African countries
He is so jazzy
Morgan freeman is like a god
K dot u deserve to be higher than Ben Carson - 9713524179
One of the best rappers on the 21st century.big up king kendrick aka king kunta
Honestly one of the most socially, political and economically conscious rappers alive right now. the elegance in which he puts issues that clearly are gripping not only America but the entire world... from slavery to how black lives don't seem to matter in modern times. he really is good.
For God's sake, he's one of the finest black actors EVER!
I'm sorry did I break yo concentration? - 9713524179
I'm all for nicki minaj and I really like her sons and voice but I can't believe it has actually cme to that she is an inspiration
Should be top 20, becoming a four star general means devoting a majority of your life to serve this country and that's no easy feat.
He wrote songs that are modern classic not one musical person or person in general doesn't the late great Ray Charles
Roberto Clemente was NOT African American. He was 100% Puerto Rican. Get your facts straight
Puerto Ricans are a mix melting pot. They have African, European and Indian ancestry. I am Puerto Rican and we consider ourselves Latinos yes. Yet Clemente has Afro features. There is a huge American influence in PR and Puerto Rico is currently a U.S. territory. So think about how Clemente could be identified as African-American. And guess what? Rihanna is on this list and no one is saying she is "not" African American or not black and she is born and raised in Barrbaidos, in the carribean sea where many people are mixed too.
Most inspirational rapper. Helped many rappers of today such as: Eminem, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Fat people
Best rapper of his time
This man was more than just a great singer, his music was more than just a song, & he will always be cherished as a great among black men!
DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER - AndreiSK98
Related ListsMost Influential Black Metal Bands Top 10 Most Influential Black Supermodels Most Influential People of All Time Most Influential People of the Cold War Top Ten Songs that Weren't as Influential as Most People Think
8 years, 214 days old
2. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe
3. Nelson Mandela
2. Nelson Mandela
3. Malcolm X
2. Nelson Mandela
3. Malcolm X