Who is one person who you think affects African-Americans in any way today and how come?

I need ideas for homework... can you please tell me someone who affects african americans in (any or best) way in current days and what are they doing?

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NOT A SINGLE PERSON...ANYONE WHO YOU THINK HAVE AFFECTED THEM TODAY

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Oprah.

    She shows them that they can be black and rich at the same time!

  • fdm215
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    1 decade ago

    Well, there's Oprah. BTW, she shows everyone the old American Rag-to-Riches story is still possible.

    For someone a little less obvious, how about the two Super Bowl coaches? Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith. This is the first time there will be an African-american coach...and not only one but two make it to the Big Game.

    There have been several articles talking about the impact of this. In one way, they affect African-americans by making the impossible possible. That is, 20 years ago it was big news for a team to hire Art Shell as head coach. Now African-American coaches are almost common. It's not news anymore - and that's a good thing.

    These guys have broken down a barrier. There was a notion, sometimes spoken of sometimes not, that only a White guy was "smart" enough to be coach - others might have the "god given talent" to play the game but it took skill to be a coach.

    I think when these barriers fall they have implications for society as a whole. Every time we grow accostomed to seeing African-americans succeed in new leadership roles it widens the possibilties we see for ourselves and that society sees for us.

    Sorry - got a little carried away. It is a GOOD topic, though!

    :)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Angela Davis, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Colin Powell, and Nelson Mandela are among many honored African American leaders in their fields. Research their contributions to this country and the world at large.

  • 1 decade ago

    That's ridiculous homework because there isn't just one person that affects African Americans. Plus we are all affected by someone in a different way.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is no one single person who affects all African Americans.

    I would investigate Oprah Winfrey, Al Sharpton, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and celebrities involved in community improvements.

  • 1 decade ago

    African Americans are confused and have inept leadership that segregate and hold them down from prospering as well as they can. They can't decide whether to be called black or African American. They have leaders like Al Sharpton who want to keep blacks down and on welfare. They do not have families without dads, they have very few role models but instead thugs in sports with massive tattoos, attitudes and show boating, they have hip hoppers and rappers who waste their money on drugs, guns, whores, sooped up SUV's, and rap about the immoral lifestyle. One of the only true role models who tried to point some of this gutter behavior was Bill Cosby, who was shot down by the black community for telling the truth. Really, there are no black role models who are accepted. The decent people like Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Bill Cosby are ignored and ridiculed for success.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    How about Barak Obama? Read about him:

    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/conventio...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Me. They totally stole the entire idea for hiphop culture from me. Baggy pants? Me. Shizzle? Me. Caps turned sideways? Me. Gin and juice? Me. Calling your group of friends a posse? Totally me.

    Aight?

  • 1 decade ago

    I THINK THAT FOR THE MOSTPART WE AFFECT OURSELVES. UNFORTUNATELY

    MOST TIME WE HAVE A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON OURSELVES (I.E.) BLACK ON BLACK CRIME, SELF-HATE AND LACK OF AMBITION...I AM NOT SAYING ALL AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE THIS WAY....NEVERTHELESS WE HAVE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO US AND SO MANY OF UD DO NOT UTILIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT SO MANY HAVE DIED TRYING TO ESTABLISH FOR US. THIS IN TURN PASSES DOWN THE MESSAGE TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION THAT BEING COMPLACENT WITH JUST ENOUGH IS O.K., THERES NO NEED TO STRIVE FOR SUCCESS AND KILLING SOMEONE FOR STEPPING ON YOUR FOOT IS O.K. I LOVE MY PEOPLE AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF AMBITOUS, TALENTED AND INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN -AMERICAN INDIVIDUALS OUT THERE BUT I'M SPEAKING OUT ON THE ONES WHO ARE TAINTING THE MINDS OF OUR YOUTH WHO ARE OUR FUTURE.......IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP!!!

    MANY OF THE GOOD EITHER ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE WE NEED TO SUCCEED AND ARE SELFISH WITH IT, ARE PREJUDICE AGAINST THEIR OWN KIND, ARE TOO SCARED TO EVEN ENTER THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON OUR MILLIONS OF TROUBLED YOUTH AND ADULTS. TELEVISION AND RADIO ROLEMODELS MOST TIMES DON'T MAKE IT TO THE STREET CORNERS.

  • 1 decade ago

    mostly the bigots spewing their hatred about us on this website every single freakin' day! They are trying to break our spirit especially when we're getting close to Black History month in February.

  • 1 decade ago

    The man!

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