Most Influential Black People


The Top Ten

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

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.

He is what made America great again.

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2 Nelson Mandela 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.

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

So positive, even when he's getting it hard

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3 Malcolm X 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.

He and martin both believed in equal rights, but x was violent


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4 Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II is 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 Romney.

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

Mmm I love that achmed obunga

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5 Michael Jackson 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 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

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

Amrit loves him

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6 Rosa Parks 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.

Utter bravery which contributed to a sea change.

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

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

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

Sonia thinks he's cute

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8 Oprah Winfrey 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


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9 Tupac Shakur 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.

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 amazing

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

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 ok

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The Contenders

11 Muhammad Ali 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

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.

Mohammed alli is a symbol of Courage Wisdom and Good example

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12 Michael Jordan 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?

Just a bit of a lad really

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

Sonia loves this man

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13 Bantu Steven Biko

Such a legend

14 Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

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.

15 Beyoncé 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 more.

No she's not either

She is not a inspiration - micahisthebest

She is an inspiration

Lover her go queen bee

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16 Tyler Perry Tyler Perry
17 Jay Z Jay Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.
18 Jimi Hendrix 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.

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

19 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.

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

The "Historic Revisionists" love to tear him apart.


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20 Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson

First black player in the mlb!

His my boy!

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