Who Are the Most Influential African Americans of All Time?

12:50 PM, Jan 17, 2011   |    comments
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NBC's sister site, The Grio, has come up with a list of the 25 most influential African Americans in US history, based upon a survey of modern academics, artists and activists.

The survey looked at 170 black leaders whose lives spanned the entire course of American history. The individual experts making up the suvey panel were asked to also include names that may not have been included in the list.

Four categories of leadership were considered: Elected and Appointed Political Leaders; Lawyers, Legal Advocates and Business Executives; Civil Rights, Political Organizations and Religious Leadership; Politically Relevant Intellectuals, Writers and Artists.

Click Here to View The Complete Survey Results.

The final list includes mostly historic figures from past eras, with President Obama, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Harry Belafonte being the only persons currently living among the names.

1. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. Barack Obama
3. W.E.B. Du Bois
4. Thurgood Marshall
5. Malcolm X
6. Frederick Douglass
7. Harriet Tubman
8. Rosa Parks
9. Ida B. Wells-Barnett
10. Ella Baker
11. Booker T. Washington
12. Adam Clayton Powell
13. James Baldwin
14. Dred Scott
15. Paul Robeson
16. A. Phillip Randolph
17. Fannie Lou Hamer
18. Marcus Garvey
19. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
20. John Johnson
21. Mary McLeod Bethune
22. Carter G. Woodson
23. Nat Turner
24. Harry Belafonte
25. Charles Hamilton Houston
26. Langston Hughes

(*Belafonte, Houston & Hughes tied for 24th position on the list)

Do you agree with the list? Who would you have add if we were to expand this list?

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