Most Influential Black People

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.

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!

My opinion is that this man Martin Luther King Jr is the most influential African American in black history, with out him I would be on the streets being treated like crap, but instead I'm in this class room typing this paper about him. He changed the lives go us... The African Americans of america and a cultures around that to

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!

He changed the world... Made it a better place for all, so sad he never lived long enough to meet a black president nor even eat from the fruits of his selfless efforts on the betterment of all humankind. RIP Hero!

2 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.

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.

Anyone who reads the book or sees the movie, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" would understand that he is much more influential than Martin Luther King. He changed the way white people looked at black people and forgave the whites even after torchering him and putting him in prison for 27 yrs. He is a true inspiration

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.

Many don't know of Nelson Mandela but they should be more aware of him because he is a genius who actions stopped the harm of many, he is like the South African MLK Jr. But unlike MLK he endured 27 YEARS of imprisonment... And unlike MJ his action influce all peacekeepers.

3 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.

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.

If there is a prophet in this century, Malcolm is the man.
He fought for something that is rarely championed by the historical figure..
He fought for the knowledge that people know and understand what they stand for.. not fighting blind..

Malcolm X is the best black leader ever lived other than Neslson Mandela.. he fought for black people to be equal and privileged as the other races.

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.

Barack Obama should not be higher than Michael Jackson or Ben Carson. He is more like a white liberal than a black African. Using blackness to gain a vote for the Democratic party yet did nothing for the African American community who got him there. He is responsible for the destruction of Libiya, Africa's first wealthy and successful democratic socialist state after European Colonisation. He is a traitor to the black race. Tried to indoctrinate his identity politics/ homosexuality LGBT propaganda in Africa knowing it will destroy the moral of the society. Not going to happen!

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.

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 would count him as first over Michael Jackson. He hasn't do to much for people and people will always remember Barack Obama But Michael Jackson will be long forgotten after 50 years from now. But Obama and Martin Luther King should be tied for first

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.

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.

Although he is no Malcolm X, no Nelson Mandela, and no Martin Luther King Jr, he proved his worth on this Earth, he proved even though he was an artist, he could use it to do a greater good, and while he was on Earth, he was doing the greater good every day for millions of people and children, he was also an activist, but people don't give him credit where it's due. they see him as just the artist, but he was so much more than that, he did so much more than that, his heart was really too big for his body.

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.

His work and humanitarian contributions have influenced the world including me! He's such a great Inspiration..

6 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.

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

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.

I will vote this fella on this occassion, considering the his funeral today. He inspired me most truly...Not taking anything away from the above greats...Rip.. Ali..I will always love the.

I actually have no words for this man, Iike can you believe someone like him existed,..God

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".

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.

She should 4th or more because unlike Malcolm X she did promote violence

Utter bravery which contributed to a sea change.

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

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.

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.

Without fredrick, all those people above in the list might still be slaves, no offense.

Read about this man if you don't understand he should be top10

9 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.

He is a very charming person who related to everyone. Always friendly and clear about what he wants or is doing.

Morgan freeman is like a god

Quietly influential in an educational venue examining science and multiple religious views. The man speaks of humanity and its truths. POWERFUL INFLUENCE!

10 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

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

She was a wonderful host

The Contenders

11 Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Marley should be on top pf this list because he help me change my views on other races. and he is one of my idols and brought his message all over the world and his gole I want to surpass he reached billions and gave our people a good name and I want my talent to be world wide like his. and who ever is reading this I'm 14 now but remember this name Jasiah Nasier Thomas x creed. I will become the most successful black men I the world.

He is a great icon! Live that man. He changed my views on this earth

Sonia thinks he's cute

Very good artist

12 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.

He faced a great deal of racism when he first entered the field, but he didn't let it break him. And not only was he the first black baseball player, he was one of the best players of his time.

First black player in the mlb!

13 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.

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

14 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.

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

This man changed my life. A man who called it how he saw something, and wasn't afraid to speak his mind. All those that considered him a gangster are wrong- he was not only a rapper, he was an activist. He strived to make a change in the world and to try to bring black and whites together. And boy, did he. His influence follows me every day. Whenever I get angry or sad, I listen to Tupac's music, telling me," You've got to keep your head up." R.I.P Tupac Shakur

Best rapper ever and the most inspirational one too. Best lyrics, beats, songs, quotes and others. The one and only Tupac Amaru Shakur. We will see him in the next life. R.I.P. 1971-1996.

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.

15 Biggie Smalls Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only ...read more.

He was a great rapper.

Bog eye in half

16 Dr. Ben Carson

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.

Worked himself up from extreme poverty to become one of the best surgeons in the world.
A perfect example for others to follow.

Maybe as far as being a surgeon goes. Definitely not as a politician.

The "Historic Revisionists" love to tear him apart.

17 Bill Cosby William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. ...read more.

When Lisa Bonet wouldn't come out vigorously for him, that told me everything. Sad sad.

Well, I guess he influenced a lot of rapists and sex offenders.

Bill Cosy da rapist

He is so god at them memes

18 Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

He is so jazzy

19 Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

He is the most famous and respected black person every, who else on this list could be know by a image around the world?

He slam dunk his way to black victory, nice one Mike.

Just a bit of a lad really

Sonia loves this man

20 Thomas Sowell
21 Desmond Tutu
22 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.
23 Beyoncé Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

She is the black bill gates in a making

She is not a inspiration

She is an inspiration

Lover her go queen bee

24 Cynthia McKinney
25 Donald Glover Donald McKinley Glover Jr. is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ. ...read more.
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