Famous African Americans
Many famous African Americans have created a name for themselves and
made a mark in the world. They have beat the odds to venture into places
where others have shied off and they have gone ahead to break the
barriers into stardom. One of these famous African Americans is the 44th
United States president Barrack Hussein Obama. President Obama is an
African American born of a Kenyan father and a Kansas-born mother. In
the 2007 America election, Obama beat his opponent to become the first
African American to hold the highest office in the world.
Oprah Winfrey is another of the famous African Americans who have won a
name across the world for ranking among the world’s most influential
people. Her talk show, the “Oprah Winfrey Show” has won many awards
and become the highest rated program. She is also a renowned actress, a
philanthropist and producer who has been ranked as the 20th century’s
richest African American. She was once rated as the world’s only black
billionaire and as America’s greatest black philanthropist.
Martin Luther King (Jnr) is another famous African American who made a
debut in the American history as a renowned social activist. He led the
battle of ensuring that civil rights were granted to the African American
people who were grossly oppressed out of racism. This bore fruit and Africa
Americans owe the rights and freedoms they have today to the courageous
battle he put up. He was assassinated in 1968 but his legacy still lives on.
Reverend Jesse Jackson (Sr.) is another of the famous African Americans
who is well known for his fight for civil rights in America. He was also a
Baptist minister and was once voted as “the most important black leader”.
He was a great leader who fought strongly for the African Americans and
became famous with his fearless politics. He was a prominent civil rights
spokesman and was very influential in international political issues.
Famous African Americans also includes Tyra Banks, who has made a mark
in the world’s history. She is a model, a television personality and an
actress. She was the third African American woman to get a contract with
Cover Girl at a tender age of twenty. She became the first black model to
grace the covers of the Sports Illustrated and GQ magazines. She is a
major name in the Victoria Secret and is the executive producer of the
show “America’s Next Top Model”. She also runs a talk show known as
the “Tyra Show” which targets the young women.
Another famous African American is model and actress Halle Maria Berry
who overcame racialism to become Miss Teen America and Miss Teen
Ohio. She became first runners up in the Miss USA beauty pageant, which
was held in 1985. She has worked as a catalogue model and as an
actress in thrillers like the Executive Decision and The Rich Man’s Wife.
She has got nominations as Best Actress and became the first African
American actress to win an Oscar.
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