Lists of African Americans

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This is a list of African Americans, also known as Black Americans or Afro-Americans. African Americans an ethnic group and citizens of the United States who have full or partial ancestry of any black racial groups of Africa; Black and 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 descendants of enslaved black people who are 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

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

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Government and politics

President

  • Barack Obama, 2009-2017, 44th president of the United States

Vice president

  • Kamala Harris, 2021-present, 49th vice president of the United States

Supreme Court Justices

Governors

  • Archie Alexander, former governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • David Paterson (African-American mother), served as the 55th Governor of New York.
  • Deval Patrick, served as the 71st Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015, so far the only African American to serve as Governor of Massachusetts.
  • P.B.S. Pinchback, served as the 24th Governor of Louisiana from 1872 to 1873, the first African American to become governor of a U.S. State.
  • Douglas Wilder, served as the 66th Governor of Virginia, became the first elected African-American governor, became the first African American to serve as governor of U.S. State since Reconstruction.

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  • Brandon Knight - professional basketball player
  • Kevin Knox - professional basketball player
  • Jason Kidd - retired professional basketball player (African American Father)
  • Kemba Walker - professional basketball player (African American Mother)

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  • Trae Young (African-American father) - professional basketball player

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First Ladies of the United States

  • Michelle Obama (2009–2017), first African American First Lady and the 44th First Lady

Anthologies of biographies

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

Others

See also

External links