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This is a list of African Americans, also known as Black Americans or Afro-Americans. African Americans are an ethnic group consisting of citizens of the United States who have full or partial ancestry of any black racial groups of Africa. African Americans form the third largest racial and ethnic group in the United States, behind White Americans and Hispanic and Latino Americans. African Americans are mostly descendants of enslaved black people from the United States.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article and references showing the person is African-American.

Actors, actresses, and comedians

Main article: List of African-American actors

John Amos
John Amos
James Avery
James Avery
Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Halle Berry
Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman
Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown
Yvette Nicole Brown
LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
Bill Cobbs
Bill Cobbs
Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
Ice Cube
Ice Cube
Keith David
Keith David
Viola Davis
Viola Davis
Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan
Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric the Entertainer
Dave Fennoy
Dave Fennoy
Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Danny Glover
Danny Glover
Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart
Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey
Dennis Haysbert
Dennis Haysbert
Ernie Hudson
Ernie Hudson
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
Regina King
Regina King
Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa Lathan
Phil LaMarr
Phil LaMarr
Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence
Spike Lee
Spike Lee
Tommy Lister Jr.
Tommy Lister Jr.
Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac
Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows
Paul Mooney
Paul Mooney
Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan
Charlie Murphy
Charlie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols
Khary Payton
Khary Payton
Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
Ving Rhames
Ving Rhames
Kevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera
Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson
Chris Rock
Chris Rock
Richard Roundtree
Richard Roundtree
Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith
Will Smith
Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
Glynn Turman
Glynn Turman
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers
Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
Jaleel White
Jaleel White
Fred Williamson
Fred Williamson
Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
Michael K. Williams
Michael K. Williams
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright

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Artists

Main article: List of African-American visual artists

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Astronauts

Main article: List of African-American astronauts

Guion Bluford
Mae Jemison

Beauty queens and fashion models

Fashion designers

Food

Businesspeople and entrepreneurs

Sports executives and businesspeople

Don King

Businesspeople

LaVar Ball
Herman Cain

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Civil rights leaders and activists

Ralph Abernathy
Maya Angelou
James Baldwin
Marion Barry
James Bevel
Ralph Bunche
Shirley Chisholm
Fannie Lou Hamer
Jesse Jackson
Martin Luther King Jr.
John Lewis
Thurgood Marshall
James Meredith
Rosa Parks
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Government and politics

See also: List of civil rights leaders

President

Vice president

Supreme Court Justices

Governors

Other political fields

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Journalism and media

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Harris Faulkner
Don Lemon
Candace Owens
Al Sharpton

Lawyers

Johnnie Cochran
Christopher Darden
Eric Holder
Loretta Lynch
Deval Patrick
Clarence Thomas
Mel Watt

Military

Ministers and other religious leaders

Richard Allen

Novelists and poets

Samuel R. Delany
Ralph Ellison
Nikki Giovanni
Langston Hughes
Toni Morrison

Publishers

Singers and musicians

Louis Armstrong
George Benson
Chuck Berry
James Brown
Ray Charles
Nat King Cole
John Coltrane
Sam Cooke
Miles Davis
Sammy Davis Jr.
Fats Domino
Dennis Edwards
Duke Ellington
Art Farmer
Ella Fitzgerald
Roberta Flack
Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye
Dizzy Gillespie
Buddy Guy
Isaac Hayes
Jimi Hendrix
Gil Scott-Heron
Billie Holiday
John Lee Hooker
Whitney Houston
Michael Jackson
Etta James
Rick James
Al Jarreau
Quincy Jones
B.B. King
Eartha Kitt
Gladys Knight
Patti LaBelle
Taj Mahal
Johnny Mathis
Curtis Mayfield
Aaron Neville
Jessye Norman
Billy Preston
Prince
Charley Pride
Lou Rawls
Otis Redding
Little Richard
Lionel Richie
Max Roach
Smokey Robinson
Nile Rodgers
Sonny Rollins
Diana Ross
Otis Rush
Nina Simone
Mavis Staples
Donna Summer
Cecil Taylor
Ike Turner
Tina Turner
Dionne Warwick
Dinah Washington
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Muddy Waters
Barry White
Maurice White
Nancy Wilson
Bill Withers
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Sports

Baseball

Satchel Paige
Jackie Robinson
Roy Campanella
Larry Doby
Hank Aaron
Willie Mays
Ernie Banks
Bob Gibson
Lou Brock
Willie McCovey
Joe Morgan
Frank Robinson
Curt Flood
Barry Bonds
Ken Griffey Jr.
Derek Jeter
Barry Larkin
Giancarlo Stanton

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Elgin Baylor
Charles Barkley
Kobe Bryant
Wilt Chamberlain
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Julius Erving
Kevin Garnett
K. C. Jones
Sam Jones
Magic Johnson
Michael Jordan
LeBron James
Karl Malone
Shaquille O'Neal
David Robinson
Oscar Robertson
Bill Russell
Dwyane Wade
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Jimmy Ellis
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Larry Holmes
Ken Norton
Floyd Patterson
Sugar Ray Robinson
Earnie Shavers
Mike Tyson

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Football

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Colin Kaepernick
Cam Newton
Jerry Rice
Deion Sanders
O. J. Simpson
Bubba Smith
Herschel Walker
Russell Wilson

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Tiger Woods

Gymnastics

Hockey

Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien
Kyle Okposo
Kyle Okposo

Swimming

Tennis

Arthur Ashe
Althea Gibson
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

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Otis Davis
Harrison Dillard
Charles Greene
Jim Hines
Michael Johnson
Florence Griffith Joyner
Vincent Matthews
Ralph Metcalfe
Jesse Owens
Wilma Rudolph
Tommie Smith
Eddie Tolan

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First Ladies of the United States

Anthologies of biographies

There is a substantial body of literature, much of it by African Americans, that collects biographies of black leaders.[113] Notable examples in this genre are:

Other notables

See also

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