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Most people have heard of prominent African Americans such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.
But there are thousands more I hear about or are reminded of all the time now that I'm retired.
I put names here as I hear about them for the first time or are reminded of their contributions to America. It will never be complete.
I'd like to add brief bio's for the, but don't have time right now.
For every entertainer, sports figure and politician here there are hundreds of others, so I've got come up with a way to prioritize it.

Politics - Civil Rights - Legal - Writers - Religion:
Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Charles Houston, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, Malcom X, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Madam C.J. Walker, Ida B. Wells, Roy Wilkins, Medgar Evers, Roy Wilkins, Bayard Rustin, Ralph Abernathy, Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Elaine Brown, A Philip Randolph, FANNY LOU HAMER. Robert Abbott, Richard Allen, Ella Baker, James Baldwin, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Benjamin O. Davis Sr., Angela Davis, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Charles Drew, W.E.B. Du Bois, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jay Z, Katherine Johnson, Quincy Jones, Michael Jordan, Martin Luther King Jr., Henrietta Lacks, Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Jesse Owens, Gordon Parks, Sidney Poitier, Richard Pryor, Jackie Robinson, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Serena Williams, Wynston Marsalis, August Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Charles Rangel, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Al Sharpton, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Shirley Chisholm, Andrew Young, Julian Bond.

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Politicians, Legal:
Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, Thurgood Marshall, Barack Obama, Charles Rangel, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Al Sharpton, Condoleezza Rice, Andrew Young,

Civil Rights, Preachers:
Ella Baker, Mary McLeod Bethune, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Julian Bond, Richard Allen, Medicine:
Dr. Charles Drew, Percy Lavon Julian , Famous African-Americans in Medicine | USF Health Online

Writers - Media - Photographers:
Robert Abbott, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison,Gordon Parks,

Madam C.J. Walker,

Entertainment - Arts
Alvin Ailey, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Duke Ellington, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Richard Pryor, Wynston Marsalis, August Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder,

Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Serena Williams,

Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr, Colin Powell,

Civil Rights Activists Martin Luther King Jr. and 8 Black Activists Who Led the Civil Rights Movement - Biography