Top 10 Most Influential Black PeopleThis list showcases individuals who have significantly impacted our world across various fields. From politics and social justice to arts, sports, and science, these figures have left indelible marks on our society, often facing and overcoming immense challenges along the way.
When exploring this list, you're not just looking at names; you're delving into stories of perseverance, innovation, and trailblazing achievements. These are the men and women who have shaped history and culture, breaking barriers and setting new standards.
As you browse these names, consider the diverse criteria that might influence your votes. Impact on social and political movements, contributions to arts and culture, groundbreaking achievements in science and technology, or inspiring leadership in community and business sectors are all potential factors. Remember, each of these individuals has a unique story, and their influence extends beyond mere fame - it's about the legacy they've created and the paths they've paved for future generations.
My opinion is that this man, Martin Luther King Jr., is the most influential African American in black history. Without him, I would be on the streets being treated like crap, but instead, I'm in this classroom typing this paper about him. He changed the lives of us... The African Americans of America and cultures around that too.
I LOVE this guy! For real! I used to listen to his speech I Have a Dream all the time. At one point, we were learning about it in class and were split up into groups. We were told to pick someone to read the speech to the rest of the class, 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!
Dr. King was great. I don't know much about him, but history says it all. It's thanks to this man that black people are not getting racially discriminated against. He was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement and one of the most influential leaders of all time.
So fair, so just, so honorable, so truthful, so righteous, and so noble. Malcolm X was a fearless fighter and hero for human rights. From a middle school dropout to taking the case of civil rights to human rights to the UN, Malcolm X is a shining example of self-reliance, self-education, and self-determination. He spoke the truth even at the cost of his safety and, eventually, his life.
He was incorruptible and uncompromising in his quest to bring about justice, equality, and freedom for the oppressed African Americans and all victims of white colonialism and imperialism. Malcolm X taught the black man to love himself, to stand up for himself, and to depend on himself rather than the white man, which black people have been brainwashed to love more than their own people due to systematic racism and white supremacy that is still ongoing today.
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.
In my opinion, he was the 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 put his race and country first instead of seeking his own revenge, which made his country so powerful and united.
This is a world icon. He should be number 1 because he stated, "I have fought against white domination, I have fought against black domination, and I have an ideal that we all could live as one and if need be, my lord, it is an ideal I am prepared to die for." He endured 27 years of imprisonment and still forgave the people who put him there. I know I could never endure that pain, but if you could, then maybe you should be on the list!
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 should be higher than Malcolm X, but still lower than Nelson Mandela and also lower than Martin Luther King Jr.
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 80s. 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, Nelson Mandela, or Martin Luther King Jr., he proved his worth on this Earth. He showed that even though he was an artist, he could use it to do a greater good. 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.
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 their 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 the white section was full.
Utter bravery which contributed to a sea change.
Barack Obama is the greatest president of my life (I'm 30). His Health Care Act provided healthcare to my father for $50 a month. He got the unemployment rate to the lowest it's almost ever been. He also saved 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 done too much for people, and people will always remember Barack Obama, but Michael Jackson will be long forgotten 50 years from now. But Obama and Martin Luther King should be tied for first.
He is arguably the most powerful black man on earth. He is championing the world's most effective democracy.
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 Douglass achieved in the 19th century. See his influence on Jefferson and Lincoln's abolition laws, then rate him. Surely in the top 5.
Without Frederick, all those people above in the list might still be slaves, no offense.
Marley should be on top of this list because he helped me change my views on other races. He is one of my idols and brought his message all over the world. His goal, which I want to surpass, reached billions and gave our people a good name. I want my talent to be worldwide like his. And whoever is reading this, I'm 14 now but remember this name - Jasiah Nasier Thomas x Creed. I will become the most successful black man in the world.
Couldn't get much more positive than Bob Marley! He's amazing!
Changed my views on the world. He also changed my thought process. If I become successful, he is partially to blame.
He was one of the greatest because he not only fought against so many greats but also stood against the dictatorship of the US government. He kept his mind clean and his thoughts too. He was the greatest boxer ever born and, despite all odds, he always proved to be No. 1.
He gave so many people confidence in themselves, irrespective of what they were going through. He was honestly an ambassador of self-worth that if you have love and confidence in yourself, you can achieve your goals.
I will vote for this fellow on this occasion, considering his funeral today. He inspired me most truly. Not taking anything away from the above greats. Rest in peace, Ali. I will always love you.
Beaten and abused, Winfrey is one of the greatest talk show hosts of all time. She was even named the most paid female TV 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 of that.
Very successful woman. Is she hiding a lot of Hollywood secrets? Yes.
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.
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 many others are the perfect example of how Tupac was a revolutionary. In the beginning, Thug Life was a movement that Tupac created. It had several rules that significantly helped to reduce the rate of crime and murder in many cities and prisons in the USA. The words and poems of this man helped a lot of people. More than the best rapper ever, he was a visionary with a great future. R.I.P. Tupac.
Amazing influence and example set by a black man trapped in poverty, who became one of the greatest surgeons ever, specializing 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.
He is a very charming person who relates to everyone. Always friendly and clear about what he wants or is doing.
He is god. Nobody dislikes him.
He is the best. He is my father.
He is the most famous and respected black person ever. Who else on this list could be known by an image around the world?
He slam-dunked his way to black victory. Nice one, Mike.
He is so jazzy.