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100 Greatest African Americans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Greatest_African_Americans

100 Greatest African Americans is a biographical dictionary of the one hundred historically greatest Black Americans (in no particular order; that is, they are not ranked), as assessed by Molefi Kete Asante in 2002.



Criteria

Asante used five factors in establishing the list:

  • "significance in the general progress of African-Americans toward full equality in the American social and political system"
  • "self-sacrifice and a willingness to take great risks for the collective good"
  • "unusual will and determination in the face of great danger and against the most stubborn odds"
  • "a consistent posture toward raising the social, cultural and economic status of African Americans"
  • "personal achievement that reveals the best qualities of the African American people"

Asante's List [1]

  • Hank Aaron
  • Ira Aldridge
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Richard Allen
  • Marian Anderson
  • Maya Angelou
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Crispus Attucks
  • James Baldwin
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Amiri Baraka
  • Romare Bearden
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Guion Bluford
  • Arna Bontemps
  • Edward W. Brooke
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Blanche K. Bruce
  • Ralph Bunche
  • George Washington Carver
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Kenneth B. Clark
  • John Henrik Clarke
  • John Coltrane
  • Bill Cosby
  • Alexander Crummell
  • Countee Cullen
  • Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
  • Martin R. Delany
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Charles Drew
  • W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Katherine Dunham
  • Duke Ellington
  • James Forten
  • John Hope Franklin
  • Henry Highland Garnet
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Prince Hall
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Dorothy Height
  • Matthew Henson
  • Charles Hamilton Houston
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Mae Jemison
  • Jack Johnson
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • John H. Johnson
  • Percy Julian
  • Ernest Just
  • Maulana Karenga
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Edmonia Lewis
  • Alain Locke
  • Joe Louis
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Benjamin E. Mays
  • Elijah McCoy
  • Claude McKay
  • Oscar Micheaux
  • Dorie Miller
  • Garrett Morgan
  • Toni Morrison
  • Elijah Muhammad
  • Jesse Owens
  • Rosa Parks
  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • Colin Powell
  • A. Philip Randolph
  • Hiram Revels
  • Paul Robeson
  • Jackie Robinson
  • John Russwurm
  • Arturo Schomburg
  • Benjamin "Pop" Singleton
  • Mary Church Terrell
  • William Monroe Trotter
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Kwame Ture
  • Henry McNeal Turner
  • Nat Turner
  • David Walker
  • Madame C. J. Walker
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Walter F. White
  • Roy Wilkins
  • Daniel Hale Williams
  • August Wilson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tiger Woods
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • Richard Wright
  • Malcolm X

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