Trailblazing Nigerian writer.
Acclaimed 19th-century Shakespearean actor.
Influential community activist.
The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Iconic Gospel vocal group.
Controversial Major League slugger.
Jamaican singer known as the "crown prince of reggae".
Brown, William Wells.
Prominent 19th-century literary figure.
Chase, Jr., John Saunders.
First black architect in Texas.
Notorious gangsta rapper.
Singer influenced by Navajo roots.
Influential Jamaican record producer.
Standout Green Bay Packers receiver.
Grammy-winning Cape Verdean singer.
Farley, James Conway.
Renowned photographer of the 19th century.
Litigant in landmark Lawrence v. Texas case.
Gibbs, Mifflin W.
19th-century municipal judge and consul.
Acclaimed contemporary author.
Actress and singer known for breakout role in TV's Vampire Diaries.
Genre-spanning singer and songwriter.
Pro basketball offensive powerhouse.
Jones, Papa Jo.
Highly influential Count Basie band drummer.
CBS This Morning host known for friendship with Oprah Winfrey.
Energetic blues guitarist.
Genre-reviving Gospel music artist and producer.
Promoter of memorable heavyweight boxing matches.
Leading music industry executive and youth benefactor.
Up-and-coming R&B star.
Angolan model crowned Miss Universe 2011.
Media executive and champion of diversity in broadcasting.
South African–born author of Kaffir Boy.
Breakout Jamaican music producer and riddim creator.
The Mills Brothers.
Legendary vocal harmony group.
Actor and activist who promoted racial equality in theater and film.
Confrontational stand-up comic.
Ojukwu, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu.
Charismatic leader of the Biafran secession.
Okocha, Jay Jay.
Nigerian soccer star.
Aggressive hoops defender.
Streetwise actress known for her role in HBO's The Wire.
"Matron of Harlem health"
Successful doo-wop group of the 1950s.
Accomplished Malian singer.
Shores, Arthur D.
Pioneering civil rights lawyer.
Conservative economist and social commentator.
Long-tenured, first female African-American judge in California.
Career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Liberia.
Acclaimed Manchester City midfielder from the Ivory Coast.
Patriarchal president of Liberia from 1944 to 1971.
Waring, Laura Wheeler.
Dedicated Harlem Renaissance painter and educator.
Berkeley, CA's first black mayor.
Determined All-Pro linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers.
Williston, David Augustus.
Respected landscape architect who designed Tuskegee grounds.
First African-American mayor of Oakland, CA.
Powerful prime minister of Ethiopia.