African-American

Alvin Ailey Jr.
Choreographer
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Ethel Allen
Trailblazing Politician
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Kye Allums
Athlete
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Josephine Baker
Singer and Actor
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James Baldwin
Author
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Deborah Batts
First Out Federal Judge
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Joseph Beam
Activist
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Gladys Bentley
Blues Performer
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Charles Blow
Journalist and Commentator
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Melvin Boozer
Gay Pioneer          
2018 Icon
Keith Boykin
Commentator
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Glenn Burke
Athlete
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Jonathan Capehart
Pulitzer-Winning Journalist
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Mandy Carter
Activist
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George Washington Carver
Scientist
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Tracy Chapman
Singer/Songwriter
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Jason Collins
Basketball Player
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Lee Daniels
Movie Director
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Angela Davis
Civil Rights Activist
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Wade Davis II
NFL Player
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Samuel Delany
Author
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Stormé DeLaverie
Stonewall Activist
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Ashley Diamond
Transgender Prison Activist
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Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Author & Activist
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Cheryl Dunye
Filmmaker
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Ruth Ellis
Activist
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Sharon Farmer
White House Photographer
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Darlene Garner
LGBT Activist
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Althea Garrison
Transgender State Representative
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Alicia Garza
Black Lives Matter Cofounder
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Peter Gomes
Theologian
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Jewelle Gomez
Novelist
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LZ Granderson
Journalist & Commentator
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Angelina Weld Grimké
Poet and Playwright
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Lorraine Hansberry
Playwright and Activist
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Sherry Harris
Politician
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E. Lynn Harris
Author/Activist
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Essex Hemphill
Poet and Activist
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Billie Holiday
Singer
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Langston Hughes
Poet
2011 Icon
Joyce Hunter
Gay Pioneer          
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Zora Neale Hurston
Author & Folklorist
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Karine Jean-Pierre
Deputy White House Press Secretary
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Marsha P. Johnson
Stonewall Veteran
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Bill T. Jones
Dancer and choreographer
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June Jordan
Poet
2014 Icon
Barbara Jordan
Congresswoman
2006 Icon
Queen Latifah
Entertainer
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John Lawrence & Tyron Garner
Legal Activists 
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Don Lemon
News Anchor
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Lori Lightfoot
Mayor of Chicago
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Little Richard
Rock & Roll Pioneer
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Alain Locke
Father of the Harlem Renaissance
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Audre Lorde
Author
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Jackie “Moms” Mabley
Comedianshow host, actor and activist
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Johnny Mathis
Singer and Songwriter
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Tarell Alvin McCraney
Oscar-Winning Screenwriter
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CeCe McDonald
Transgender Activist     
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Arthur Mitchell
Pioneering Ballet Dancer
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Janelle Monáe
Singer, Songwriter & Actor
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Pauli Murray
Attorney and Civil Rights Activist
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Bruce Nugent
Author
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Frank Ocean
Singer and Songwriter
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Billy Porter
Award-Winning Broadway Actor
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Ma Rainey
Singer/Songwriter
2013 Icon
Marlon Riggs
Filmmaker
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Robin Roberts
TV Broadcaster
2015 Icon
Angelica Ross
Transgender Rights Advocate
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RuPaul
Entertainer
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Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights Activist
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Michael Sam
Football Player
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Bessie Smith
Singer
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Billy Strayhorn
Composer
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Sheryl Swoopes
Athlete
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Wanda Sykes
Comedian, Actor
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Sylvester
Singer and Songwriter
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Darren Walker
Ford Foundation President
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Alice Walker
Author and Feminist
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Perry Watkins
Pioneering Military Activist
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Tim’m T. West
Performer
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Phill Wilson
AIDS Activist
2006 Icon
Lil Nas X
Rapper
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