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List of Notable black people over the generations

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Categories include:
Government Officials 
Civil Rights Leaders 
Religious Leaders 
Scientists and Inventors 
Age of Abolitionism
Scholars and Educators
Literary Figures 
Actors 
Musicians 
Visual & Performing Artists 
Baseball 
Basketball 
Boxing 
Football 
Track and Field 
Other Sports 
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Names in alphabetical order (please email names you feel should be added to the list)

Aaliyah
Hank Aaron
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Ralph Abernathy
Alvin Ailey
Ira Aldridge
Archibald Alphonso Alexander
Muhammad Ali
Richard Allen
Marian Anderson
Maya Angelou
James Armistead
Henry Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Matthew Ashby
Arthur Ashe
Evelyn Ashford
Crispus Attucks 
James Baldwin
Josephine Baker 
Ernie Banks
Benjamin Banneker
Amira Baraka
Charles Barkley
Richmond Barthé
Count Basie
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Angela Bassett
Elgin Baylor
Bob Beamon
Romare Bearden
Harry Belafonte
Shari Belafonte-Harper
James “Cool Papa” Bell
Albert Belle
Chuck Berry
Halle Berry
Mary McLeod Bethune
Black Panthers
Julian Bond
Barry Bonds
Arna Bontemps
Ralph Boston
Edward Bouchet
Benjamin Bradley
Tom Bradley
Brandy
Herman Russell Branson
Andre Braugher
Carol Moseley-Braun
Valerie Brisco-Hooks
Lou Brock
Edward Brooke
Avery Brooks
Gwendolyn Brooks
James Brown
Jim Brown
Buck Buchanan
Edward Bullins
Ralph Bunche
Harry T. Burleigh
Leroy Burrell
LeVar Burton

Lee Calhoun
Cab Calloway
Roy Campanella
Earl Campbell
Milt Campbell
Rod Carew
Stokely Carmichael
Diahann Carroll
Julia Carson
Benny Carter
Betty Carter
Cris Carter
George Washington Carver
Wilt Chamberlain
Emmett W. Chappelle
Ray Charles
Charles W. Chesnutt
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm
Joseph Cinqué
Kenneth B. Clark
Eldridge Cleaver
Alice Coachman
Jewel Plummer Cobb
Natalie Cole
Nat “King” Cole
Rebecca Cole
John Coltrane
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
John Conyers
Coolio
Bill Cosby
David Crosthwait, Jr.
Scatman Crothers
Paul Cuffe
Countee Cullen

Angela Davis
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
Ernie Davis
Miles Davis
Ossie Davis
Sammy Davis Jr.
Dominique Dawes
William L. Dawson
Ruby Dee
Anita DeFrantz
Martin Robinson Delany
Destiny’s Child
Robert Nathaniel Dett
Gail Devers
Eric Dickerson
Bo Diddley
Harrison Dillard
David Dinkins
Father Divine
Larry Doby
Snoop Dogg
Antoine “Fats” Domino
Tony Dorsett
Thomas A. Dorsey
Frederick Douglass
James “Buster” Douglas
Dr. Dre
Charles Richard Drew
W. E. B. Du Bois
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Katherine Dunham
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable

Marian Wright Edelman
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
Clarence L. Elder
Lee Elder
Joycelyn Elders
Duke Ellington
Ralph Ellison
Julius “Dr. J” Erving
Lee Evans
Medgar Evers
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Patrick Ewing

James Farmer
Louis Farrakhan
Cecil Fielder
Howard Finster
Ella Fitzgerald
Laurence Fishburne
Curt Flood
George Foreman
Redd Foxx
Aretha Franklin
John Hope Franklin
Joe Frazier
Walt Frazier
John Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Charles Fuller

Clarence “Big House” Gaines
Alonzo “Jake” Gaither
Henry Highland Garnet
Marcus Garvey
Cito Gaston
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Marvin Gaye
George Gervin
Althea Gibson
Bob Gibson
Josh Gibson
Dizzy Gillespie
Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni
Whoopi Goldberg
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Berry Gordy, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Joe Greene
Greensboro Four
Pam Grier
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Archie Griffin
Florence Griffith Joyner
Archibald H. Grimke
Tony Gwynn

Marvin Hagler
Alex Haley
Lloyd Augustus Hall
Prince Hall
Fannie Lou (Townsend) Hamer
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Jupiter Hammon
Herbie Hancock
William Christopher Handy
Lorraine Hansberry
Ben Harper
Franco Harris
William H. Hastie
Richard Gordon Hatcher
Elvin Hayes
Roland Hayes
Thomas Hearns
Rickey Henderson
Jimi Hendrix
Matthew Henson
Leon A. Higginbotham, Jr.
Anita Hill
Lauryn Hill
Billie Holiday
Larry Holmes
Evander Holyfield
John Lee Hooker
Benjamin Hooks
Lena Horne
Charles Hamilton Houston
Whitney Houston
Gen. Oliver Otis Howard
William DeHart Hubbard
Langston Hughes
Zora Neale Hurston

Ice Cube
Ice T
Samuel Elmer Imes
Roy Innis


Bo Jackson
Janet Jackson
Jesse Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
Maynard Jackson
Michael Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr.
Mae Jemison
Ervin “Magic” Johnson
Jack Johnson
James Weldon Johnson
Judy Johnson
Michael Johnson
Rafer Johnson
Deacon Jones
Frederick McKinley Jones
James Earl Jones
Lois Mailou Jones
Marion Jones
Quincy Jones
Roy Jones Jr.
Scott Joplin
Barbara Jordan
Michael Jordan
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Percy Julian
Johanna July
Ernest Everett Just

Maulana Karenga
Lil’ Kim
Jamaica Kincaid
B.B. King
Coretta Scott King
Don King
Martin Luther King Jr.
Anna Kingsley
Eartha Kitt

John Mercer Langston
Nella Larsen
Eriq La Salle
Queen Latifah
Lewis Howard Latimer
Martin Lawrence
Jacob Lawrence
Huddie Ledbetter
Buck Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard
Bill Lewis
Carl Lewis
Edmonia Lewis
Reginald Lewis 
Sonny Liston
Alain Locke
Greenbury Logan
Joe Louis
Toussaint L’Ouverture

Bernie Mac
Malcolm X
Karl Malone
Moses Malone
Wynton Marsalis
Thurgood Marshall
Willie Mays
Bob McAdoo
Henry Cecil Ransom McBay
Willie McCovey
Elijah J. McCoy
Hattie McDaniel
Floyd McKissick
Butterfly McQueen
James Meredith
Kweisi Mfume
Cheryl Miller
Charles Mingus
Arthur Mitchell
Joe Morgan
Thelonious Monk
Warren Moon
Archie Moore
Michael Moorer
Garrett Augustus Morgan
Toni Morrison
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton
Edwin Moses
Marion Motley
Robert Russa Moton
Benjamin Franklin Muhammad
Elijah Muhammad
Calvin Murphy
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murray
Mya

Nelly
Aaron Neville
Huey Newton
Thandie Newton
Jessye Norman
Eleanor Holmes Norton
The Notorious B.I.G.

Barack Obama
Michelle Obama
Hakeem Olajuwon
Shaquille O’Neal
Jesse Owens

Alan Page
Satchel Paige
Charlie “Bird” Parker
Gordon Parks
Rosa Parks
Floyd Patterson
Walter Payton
Calvin Peete
Ann Petry
P. B. S. Pinchback
Jada Pinkett-Smith
Horace Pippin
Scottie Pippen
Sidney Poitier
Fritz Pollard
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Colin Powell
Mike Powell
Leontyne Price
Prince
Richard Pryor
Gabriel Prosser
Kirby Puckett

Maurice F. Rabb, Jr.
Gertrude “Ma” Rainey
Joseph Rainey
A. Philip Randolph
Virginia Randolph
Charles Rangel
Willis Reed
Gloria Reuben
Hiram R. Revels
Butch Reynolds
Ving Rhames
Condoleezza Rice
Jerry Rice
Norbert Rillieux
Oscar Robertson
Paul Robeson
David Robinson
Eddie Robinson
Frank Robinson
Holly Robinson-Peete
Jackie Robinson
Smokey Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson
Chris Rock
Dennis Rodman
Esther Rolle
Howard E. Rollins, Jr.
Diana Ross
Carl Rowan
Darius Rucker
Wilma Rudolph
Bill Russell
John Russwurm
Bayard Rustin

Ignatius Sancho
Barry Sanders
Deion Sanders
Augusta Christine Fells Savage
Gale Sayers
Dred Scott
Seal
Bobby Seale
Myra C. Selby
Tupak Shakur
Ntozake Shange
Fred Shuttlesworth
Charlie Sifford
O.J. Simpson
Sinbad
Robert Smalls
Bessie Smith
Emmitt Smith
Lee Smith
Ozzie Smith
Will Smith
Wesley Snipes
Joel Elias Spingarn
Leon Spinks
Latrell Sprewell
Willie Stargell
William Grant Still
Carl B. Stokes
C. K. (Charles Kenzie) Steele 
Lynn Swann
Howard Swanson

Henry Tanner
Lawrence Taylor
Mary Eliza Church Terrell
Clarence Thomas
Frank Thomas
Isiah Thomas
Thurman Thomas
John Thompson
Wallace Thurman
Jean Toomer
Pierre Toussaint
Virgil Garnett Trice, Jr.
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman
Chris Tucker
Charles Henry Turner
Tina Turner
Nat Turner
Cicely Tyson
Mike Tyson
Wyomia Tyus

Gene Upshaw

Luther Vandross
Gustavus Vassa
Sarah Vaughan
Mo Vaughn
Denmark Vesey

Jersey Joe Walcott
Alice Walker
Herschel Walker
Maggie Lena (Mitchell) Walker
Sarah “Madame C J Walker” Walker
Thomas “Fats” Waller
Charlie Ward
Booker T. Washington
Denzel Washington
Dinah Washington
Harold Washington
Muddy Waters
Faye Wattleton
J. C. Watts
Damon Wayans
Keenan Ivory Wayans
Carl Weathers
Robert C. Weaver
Junior Wells
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Cornel West
Dorothy West
Phyllis Wheatley
Forest Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker
Bill White
Reggie White
Walter White
John Edgar Wideman
Lenny Wilkens
Dominique Wilkins
Roy Wilkins
Daniel Hale Williams
George Washington Williams
Peter Williams, Jr.
Peter Williams, Sr.
Serena Williams
Vanessa Williams
Venus Williams
John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson
August Wilson
Cassandra Wilson
Flip Wilson
Dave Winfield
Paul Winfield
Oprah Winfrey
Howlin’ Wolf
Stevie Wonder
Granville T. Woods
Tiger Woods
Carter G. Woodson
Alfre Woodard 
Richard Wright

Andrew Young
Lester Young
Roger Arliner Young
Whitney M. Young, Jr.

James Van Der Zee