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gsmom asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Please add to my list of influential Black men and woman in history.?

please lets not be typical with

Rosa Parks

Dr Martin luther king

Dj Kool Herc and Afrikaa Bambaataa ( fathers of hip hop)

Harriet tubman

Frederick Douglass

Ernest Davis (was an American football running back and the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy.which is the most outstanding player in collegiate football.

Madame CJ Walker( first black woman millionare)

malcom X

Nelson mandela

So dont put obama he is biracial .Please add im helping my son11th grade branch out with out the obvious answers..

also FYI Tupac Biggie Didy and russell simmons and oprah dont go there either

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  • xo379
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Muhammad Ali - One of the greatest boxers of all time. Three-time World Heavyweight Champion; gold medalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics. Recipient of the 1997 Arthur Ashe Courage Award

    Arthur Ashe - Tennis player; winner of three Grand Slam titles (first African American to win a Grand Slam event.) Winner of a number of honors/awards:

    Louis Armstrong - Jazz trumpeter and singer; described as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century"

    Mary McLeod Bethune - Educator and civil rights leader; started as school for black students which eventually became Bethune-Cookman University. Advisor to President Roosevelt

    Jackie Robinson - First African American Major League Baseball player; "broke the color line"; instrumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball

    Shirley Chisholm - First black woman elected to Congress; first major-party black candidate for President of the United States

    Benjamin Banneker - Astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, almanac author, farmer (

    Booker T. Washington

    Sojourner Truth - Abolitionist and women's rights activist

    Marcus Garvey - Publisher, journalist, orator. Founder of the Universal ***** Improvement Association and African Communities League

    Dred Scott - Slave who sued in St. Louis for his freedom in the very famous Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857

    W.E.B. DuBois - Civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, historian, author, and editor

    Toni Morrison - Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning American author

    Langston Hughes - Poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer.

  • 1 decade ago

    Paul Robeson is one of my heroes. He was a lawyer, a singer, an actor and a campaigner.

    Then there's Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Valaida Snow... all musicians, all hugely influential.

    Producer, composer and musician Quincy Jones is a living legend.

    A topical one today, sadly, is Toussaint Louverture, the former slave whose revolt led to Haiti's independence.

    There are so many. Good luck to your son.

  • Gerry
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago


    I am always amazed at how few Americans know anything about General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. This man was a General in the U.S. Army, served with distinction, and was the instrumental force behind the integration of the U.S. Army after World War II. General Davis, Sr., son would also serve his country with distinction and retire from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant General in 1973. You are likely to be more familiar with "the son" than the father in this case. He was the Commander of the 332nd Fighter Group in Europe during WW II; also known as the "Red Tails" and also known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

    I am merely a food/military history/war guy. Please take the time to understand the accomplishments of these two great American Officers and Gentlemen.

    Great is now coming. Have a great day and I hope this contributed at least a little to your overall objectives.

    Gerry D.

  • Jack
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    1 decade ago

    Add Dr. Charles Drew, native of Washington D.C. Credited with saving thousands of lives in WWII as a result of his research in blood transfusion and storage techniques.

    Colin Powell - American statesman and four star general

    Jackie Robinson - Broke the 'color barrier' in modern day baseball in 1947. Career batting average .311, six time all-star, Hall of Fame 1962.

    Isaac Murphy - American jockey, born in Kentucky in 1861 is considered one of America's greatest race riders. United States Racing Hall of Fame 1955. Won 628 races including the Kentucky Derby 1984, 1990 &1991.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Umm, why not Obama and Oprah? Obama is the first man of color to be president in the U.S. EVER and Oprah overcame unbelievable obstacles to get where she's at including racism, sexism, poverty and domestic abuse...that's pretty significant if you ask me O.o But I suppose you could also consider Fela Kuti, who, through music, brought many people's attention to problems within the community as well as the government. Bessie Coleman--first black pilot Shirley Chiholm--first black woman elected to congress Guion Bluford--first black astronaut

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

    Lorde was a prolific poet and activist in the 1960s. In 1980 she co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press which became the first U.S. publisher for women of color. Her essay, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" critiqued the feminist movement for its racism. She died of breast cancer in 1992.

    Angela Davis

    Best known as a radical activist from the '70s who was jailed for an attempted prison break and murder of a judge ("Free Angela"). She was later aquitted. This Birmingham born Communist is an ardent feminist, socialist, author and college professor. Davis came out in 1997.

    James Baldwin (1924-1987)

    Baldwin, author, essayist, poet, playwright and activist, explored issues of racial and sexual identity in his much heralded literary art. Baldwin touched on issues facing black gays and lesbians at a time when society was not yet ready to grasp the idea.

    Sakia Gunn Funeral Program

    Sakia Gunn was 15 years old when she was murdered at a busy intersection in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia was a lesbian who turned down a man's advances and was stabbed to death for it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Coretta Scott, wasn't that Martin Luther King Jr's wife?

  • 1 decade ago

    Here are some from all over the globe:

    - Miriam Makeba - South African Singer and Freedom fighter

    -Desmund Tutu - S.A. Archbishop (Nobel Price)

    - Sidney Poitier - first black Movie actor - Oscar Winner

    -Denzel Washington - actor - Oscar Winner

    -Spike Lee - Oscar winner - Film director

    -Tiger Woods - best Golf player in the world

    -Cuba Downing Jr - actor - Oscar Winner

    -Barry White - new style in music

    -Michael Jordan - Basketball player (best of all times)

    -Arthur Hayley - author of the novel "Roots"

    -Morgan Freeman - actor - Oscar Winner

    -Tony Morrison - U.S. female author

    There are hundreds more out there but these come to my mind right now.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    have you ever wondered why people have the phrase,the real McCoy, a black man named mccoy i forget his first name after being freed from slavery went to work for the railroad and invented the first automatic oiler for trains so the engineer didn't have to stop the train every few miles and oil the wheels and even after he made this other people tried to duplicate the oiler and couldn't do as good so when they needed to order a new one they would ask is it the real mccoy ,true story and one of my favorites .thanks for asking have a good day

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