Famous Black People

List of Famous Black People – Actors, Celebrities, Inventors, Politicians, Musicians, Comedians, Authors, Singers

Below is the world’s largest database of the most famous black people in history – men and women – with their detailed biographies and pictures. The list includes famous black African Americans, Britishers and influential people from every region of the world, and in every field of work, including actors, celebrities, inventors, politicians and activists, leaders, musicians, comedians, dancers, models, artists, historians, scientists, entrepreneurs, sportsmen and more.

Feel free to browse the list and click a specific name to read about its details. The list can be seen either in an alphabetical order or it can be arranged category wise.

 

 

SORTED BY CATEGORIES

FAMOUS BLACK ACTIVISTS/ POLITICIANS

Adam Clayton Powell
Al Sharpton
Alan Keyes
Alvin Ailey
Andrew Young
Barack Obama
Barbara Jordan
Bayard Rustin
Bobby Seale
Carol Moseley Braun
Charles Rangel
Clara Brown
Claudette Colvin
Colin Powell
Condoleezza Rice
Constance Baker Motley
Coretta Scott King
Cynthia McKinney
Daisy Bates
David Dinkins
David Paterson
David Walker
Denmark Vesey
Douglas Wilder
Dred Scott
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Ella Baker
Eric Holder
Fannie Lou Hamer
Geoffrey Canada
Harriet Tubman
Hiram Revels
Huey Newton
James Meredith
Jesse Jackson
John Archer
Julian Bond
Kofi Annan
Kweisi Mfume
Lauryn Hill
Malcolm X
Marcus Garvey
Marian Wright Edelman
Martin Luther King
Marva Collins
Mary Church Terrell
Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary Seacole
Medgar Evers
Nat Turner
Nelson Mandela
Olaudah Equiano
Patricia Roberts Harris
Paul Robeson
Philip Randolph
Ralph Abernathy
Robert Weaver
Rosa Parks
Septima Clark
Shirley Chisholm
Sojourner Truth
Stokely Carmichael
Susan Rice
W.E.B. DuBois
Whoopi Goldberg
Willie Brown

FAMOUS BLACK ACTORS/ ACTRESSES

Al Roker
Angela Bassett
Bill Cosby
Cicely Tyson
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Danny Glover
Debbie Allen
Denzel Washington
Diahann Carroll
Djimon Hounsou
Don Cheadle
Dorothy Dandridge
Eddie Murphy
Esther Rolle
Forest Whitaker
Gabourey Sidibe
Gregory Hines
Halle Berry
Hattie McDaniel
James Earl Jones
Jamie Foxx
Jesse L. Martin
Langston Hughes
Laurence Fishburne
LaVar Burton
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Martin Lawrence
Mekhi Phifer
Michael Clarke Duncan
Morgan Freeman
Mr. T
Ossie Davis
Paul Winfield
Phylicia Rashad
Ruby Dee
Rutina Wesley
Samuel Jackson
Sidney Poitier
Taye Diggs
Tyler Perry
Wayne Brady
Wendy Williams
Will Smith

FAMOUS BLACK ARTISTS/ PAINTERS/ PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jacob Lawrence James Van Der Zee Jean-Michel Basquiat

FAMOUS BLACK ASTRONAUTS

Mae C. Jemison

FAMOUS BLACK AUTHORS/ WRITERS/ POETS

Alex Haley
Alexandre Dumas
Alice Walker
August Wilson
Bell Hooks
Booker T. Washington
Carter G. Woodson
Charles Chesnutt
Claude McKay
Countee Cullen
Ernest Everett Just
Ernest Gaines
Frederick Douglass
Gwendolyn Brooks
Harriet Jacobs
Henry Louis Gates
James Baldwin
James Weldon Johnson
Jean Toomer
Lorraine Hansberry
Margaret Walker
Maya Angelou
Nikki Giovanni
Octavia Butler
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Phillis Wheatley
Ralph Ellison
Rita Dove
Robert Hayden
Toni Morrison
Walter Mosley
William Wells Brown
Zora Neale Hurston

FAMOUS BLACK BUSINESSESMEN/ BUSINESSWOMEN/ ENTREPRENEURS

James Forten
Madam C. J. Walker
Oprah Winfrey
Robert L. Johnson
Russell Simmons
Sheila Johnson

FAMOUS BLACK COMEDIANS

Arsenio Hall
Bernie Mac
Chris Rock
Damon Wayans
Dave Chappelle
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Mo’Nique
Paul Mooney
Redd Foxx
Richard Pryor

FAMOUS BLACK DANCERS/ ENTERTAINERS

Arthur Mitchell
Josephine Baker
Judith Jamison
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Savion Glover

FAMOUS BLACK DIRECTORS/ PRODUCERS

John Singleton Lee Daniels Spike Lee

FAMOUS BLACK ENGINEERS

Lisa Jackson Mark Dean Otis Boykin

FAMOUS BLACK EXPLORERS

Matthew Henson

FAMOUS BLACK HISTORIANS

John Hope Franklin Kenneth Clark

FAMOUS BLACK JOURNALISTS

Charlayne Hunter-Gault Ida B. Wells Ed Bradley

FAMOUS BLACK LAWYERS/ JUDGES

Charles Hamilton Houston
Clarence Thomas
Johnnie Cochran Thurgood Marshall

FAMOUS BLACK MILITARY OFFICERS

Benjamin O. Davis Daniel James James Armistead

FAMOUS BLACK MODELS

Kimora Lee Simmons Naomi Campbell Tyra Banks

FAMOUS BLACK MUSICIANS/ SINGERS

Al Green
Al Jarreau
Albert King
Alicia Keys
Aretha Franklin
B.B. King
Benny Carter
Berry Gordy
Bessie Smith
Beyonce Knowles
Billie Holiday
Bo Diddley
Bob Marley
Bobby Bland
Buddy Guy
Cab Calloway
Chaka Khan
Charlie Parker
Charley Patton
Chris Brown
Chubby Checker
Chuck Berry
Count Basie
Curtis Mayfield
Darius Rucker
Diana Ross
Dinah Washington
Dionne Warwick
Dizzy Gillespie
Duke Ellington
Eartha Kitt
Ella Fitzgerald
Etta James
Fats Domino
Fats Waller
Freddie King
George Clinton
Gladys Knight
Grandmaster Flash
Granville T. Woods
Harry Belafonte
Howlin’ Wolf
Isaac Hayes
Jackie Wilson
Jam-Master Jay
James Brown
Janet Jackson
Jay-Z
Jelly Roll Morton
Jennifer Hudson
Jimi Hendrix
John Coltrane
John Lee Hooker
John Legend
Kanye West
Lena Horne
Little Richard
LL Cool J
Lonnie Johnson
Lou Rawls
Louis Armstrong
Louis Jordan
Ludacris
Luther Vandross
Ma Rainey
Mahalia Jackson
Marian Anderson
Martha Reeves
Marvin Gaye
Mary J. Blige
Michael Jackson
Miles Davis
Missy Elliott
Muddy Waters
Nat King Cole
Nina Simone
Otis Redding
Patti LaBelle
Prince
Queen Latifah
Quincy Jones
Ray Charles
Richard Wright
Rick James
Rihanna
Robert Johnson
Sam Cooke
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Sean Combs
Sly Stone
Smokey Robinson
Snoop Dogg
Solomon Burke
Stevie Wonder
Thelonious Monk
Timbaland
Tina Turner
Tupac Shakur
Usher
Vanessa Williams
W.C. Handy
Whitney Houston
Wilson Pickett
Wynton Marsalis

FAMOUS BLACK PHILOSOPHERS

Cornel West

FAMOUS BLACK PRIESTS/ RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Alexander Crummell Elijah Muhammad Louis Farrakhan

FAMOUS BLACK SCIENTISTS/ DOCTORS

Ben Carson
Benjamin Banneker
Charles Drew
Charles Henry Turner
Daniel Hale Williams
Elijah McCoy
Garrett Morgan
George Washington Carver
Guion Bluford
James West
Joycelyn Elders
Lewis Howard Latimer
Patricia Bath
Percy Lavon Julian
Ralph Bunche

FAMOUS BLACK SPORTSMEN/ SPORTSWOMEN/ ATHLETES

Althea Gibson
Arthur Ashe
Barry Bonds
Bill Russell
Bo Jackson
Carl Lewis
Charles Barkley
Chris Gayle
Deion Sanders
Evander Holyfield
Florence Griffith-Joyner
George Foreman
Hank Aaron
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jackie Robinson
Jim Brown
Joe Louis
Julius Erving
Wilt Chamberlain
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Magic Johnson
Marion Jones
Michael Jordan
Muhammad Ali
Reggie Jackson
Rubin Carter
Satchel Paige
Serena Williams
Shaquille O’Neal
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Robinson
Tiger Woods
Venus Williams
Viv Richards
Walter Payton
Willie Mays
Wilma Rudolph
Wilt Chamberlain

OTHERS

Emmett Till

SORTED BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER

A

Adam Clayton Powell
Al Green
Al Jarreau
Al Roker
Al Sharpton
Alan Keyes
Albert King
Alex Haley
Alexander Crummell
Alexandre Dumas
Alice Walker
Alicia Keys
Althea Gibson
Alvin Ailey
Andrew Young
Angela Bassett
Aretha Franklin
Arsenio Hall
Arthur Ashe
Arthur Mitchell
August Wilson

B

B.B. King
Barack Obama
Barbara Jordan
Barry Bonds
Bayard Rustin
Bell Hooks
Ben Carson
Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin O. Davis
Benny Carter
Bernie Mac
Berry Gordy
Bessie Smith
Beyonce Knowles
Bill Cosby
Bill Russell
Billie Holiday
Bo Diddley
Bo Jackson
Bob Marley
Bobby Bland
Bobby Seale
Booker T. Washington
Buddy Guy

C

Cab Calloway
Carl Lewis
Carol Moseley Braun
Carter G. Woodson
Chaka Khan
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Charles Barkley
Charles Chesnutt
Charles Drew
Charles Hamilton Houston
Charles Henry Turner
Charles Rangel
Charlie Parker
Charley Patton
Chris Brown
Chris Gayle
Chris Rock
Chubby Checker
Chuck Berry
Cicely Tyson
Clara Brown
Clarence Thomas
Claude McKay
Claudette Colvin
Colin Powell
Condoleezza Rice
Constance Baker Motley
Coretta Scott King
Cornel West
Count Basie
Countee Cullen
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Curtis Mayfield
Cynthia McKinney

D

Daisy Bates
Damon Wayans
Daniel Hale Williams
Daniel James
Danny Glover
Darius Rucker
Dave Chappelle
David Dinkins
David Paterson
David Walker
Debbie Allen
Deion Sanders
Denmark Vesey
Denzel Washington
Diahann Carroll
Diana Ross
Dinah Washington
Dionne Warwick
Dizzy Gillespie
Djimon Hounsou
Don Cheadle
Dorothy Dandridge
Douglas Wilder
Dred Scott
Duke Ellington

E

Eartha Kitt
Ed Bradley
Eddie Murphy
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Elijah McCoy
Elijah Muhammad
Ella Baker
Ella Fitzgerald
Emmett Till
Eric Holder
Ernest Everett Just
Ernest Gaines
Esther Rolle
Etta James
Evander Holyfield

F

Fannie Lou Hamer
Fats Domino
Fats Waller
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Forest Whitaker
Freddie King
Frederick Douglass

G

Gabourey Sidibe
Garrett Morgan
Geoffrey Canada
George Clinton
George Foreman
George Washington Carver
Gladys Knight
Grandmaster Flash
Granville T. Woods
Gregory Hines
Guion Bluford
Gwendolyn Brooks

H

Halle Berry
Hank Aaron
Harriet Jacobs
Harriet Tubman
Harry Belafonte
Hattie McDaniel
Henry Louis Gates
Hiram Revels
Howlin’ Wolf
Huey Newton

I

Ida B. Wells
Isaac Hayes

J

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Wilson
Jacob Lawrence
Jam-Master Jay
James Armistead
James Baldwin
James Brown
James Earl Jones
James Forten
James Meredith
James Van Der Zee
James Weldon Johnson
James West
Jamie Foxx
Janet Jackson
Jay-Z
Jean Toomer
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jelly Roll Morton
Jennifer Hudson
Jesse Jackson
Jesse L. Martin
Jim Brown
Jimi Hendrix
Joe Louis
John Archer
John Coltrane
John Hope Franklin
John Lee Hooker
John Legend
John Singleton
Johnnie Cochran
Josephine Baker
Joycelyn Elders
Judith Jamison
Julian Bond
Julius Erving

K

Kanye West
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Kenneth Clark
Kimora Lee Simmons
Kofi Annan
Kweisi Mfume

L

Langston Hughes
Laurence Fishburne
Lauryn Hill
LaVar Burton
Lee Daniels
Lena Horne
Lewis Howard Latimer
Lisa Jackson
Little Richard
LL Cool J
Lonnie Johnson
Lorraine Hansberry
Lou Rawls
Louis Armstrong
Louis Farrakhan
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Louis Jordan
Ludacris
Luther Vandross

M

Ma Rainey
Madam C. J. Walker
Mae C. Jemison
Magic Johnson
Mahalia Jackson
Malcolm X
Marcus Garvey
Margaret Walker
Marian Anderson
Marian Wright Edelman
Marion Jones
Mark Dean
Martha Reeves
Martin Lawrence
Martin Luther King
Marva Collins
Marvin Gaye
Mary Church Terrell
Mary J. Blige
Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary Seacole
Matthew Henson
Maya Angelou
Medgar Evers
Mekhi Phifer
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Jackson
Michael Jordan
Miles Davis
Missy Elliott
Mo’Nique
Morgan Freeman
Mr. T
Muddy Waters
Muhammad Ali

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