Great Black Heros

 

Welcome to Great Black Heroes. This site looks as many of the Black heroes in the course of history, pioneers and ground breakers in different fields. Many have gone unrecognized for their contributions, but their significance is now being rediscovered. Join us in recognizing these Great Black Heroes.

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) Nelson Mandela was an active member of the fight against apartheid in South Africa. His was imprisoned for over 27 years for trying to overthrow the apartheid regime. He was released in 1990 and became the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994. His magnanimous personality helped to heal the rift between the white and black populations. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993.

Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975)

Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975) Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930. Selassie became an inspirational figure in the movement for African independence for the way he resisted the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the 1930s.

Desmond Tutu (1931 – )

Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) South African Nobel peace prize winner 1984. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a prominent figurehead in the campaign against apartheid. After the fall of apartheid, he took part in the truth and reconciliation process to heal the wounds of apartheid. Desmond Tutu has became a leading global humanitarian and ambassador of goodwill.

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Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013)

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Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013)
Nigerian, novelist. He authored the best-selling 1958 classic, Things Fall Apart which has made him into one of the best selling African authors.

Abebe Bikila (1932-1973)

Abebe Bikila (1932-1973)  (Ethiopia, athletics) Double Olympic champion at the marathon (1960 and 1964) Won 1960 marathon running barefoot and gained first gold medal for a black African.

Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 1797)

Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 1797)

Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 1797) – The first black African slave to write about his experience as a slave. His book ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano‘ played a pivotal role in turning public opinion in Britain against slavery.

 "W. E. B." Du Bois ( February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963)

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois ( February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

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Fela Kuti 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997)

Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti;[1] 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick

Malcolm X ( May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

Malcolm X ( May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist.

Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1891 – 22 August 1978)

Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1891 – 22 August 1978) was a Kenyan politician, and the first President of Kenya.

Kenyatta was the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978, serving first as Prime Minister (1963–64) and then as President (1964–78). He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki born 18 June 1942)

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki  born 18 June 1942) is a South African politician who served nine years as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999[4] to 24 September 2008.[

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Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Muhammad Ali January 17, 1942

Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

Stephen Bantu Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977)

Stephen Bantu Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.

A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987)

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.[1][2] Viewed by supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as "Africa's Che Guevara

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Kwame Nkrumah (1909 – 1972)

Kwame Nkrumah (1909 – 1972)

Kwame Nkrumah (1909 – 1972) Led the Gold Coast to independence from colonial rule, and became President of the new country – Ghana. A leading advocate of of Pan-Africanism,  and African independence.

Kofi Annan (1938 – )

Kofi Annan (1938 – )

Secretary General of The United Nations from 1997-2006. Born in Ghana, Kofi Annan served two terms and was widely admired for his calm and diplomatic skills.

Oliver Tambo (1917 – 1993)

Oliver Tambo (1917 – 1993). President of the ANC (1960 – 1990). Tambo helped to organise ANC opposition to apartheid in South Africa.

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Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996)

Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, P.C. (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe, was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He served as the second and last Governor-General from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966, holding the presidency throughout the Nigerian First Republic.

Zulu, Shaka (1787 – 1828)

South African Zulu King. Shaka kaSenzangakhona (1787 – 22 September 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu , was one of the most influential monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom. He was born near present-day Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal Province. According to tradition, Shaka was conceived during an act of what began as ukuhlobonga, a form of sexual foreplay without penetration allowed to unmarried couples, also known as "the fun of the roads" (ama hlay endlela), during which the lovers were "carried away

Julius Kambarage Nyerere (13 April 1922 – 14 October 1999)

Julius Kambarage Nyerere (13 April 1922 – 14 October 1999) was a Tanzanian statesman who served as the leader of Tanzania, and previously Tanganyika, from 1960 until his retirement in 1985

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940)

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). He founded the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands.

Patrice Émery Lumumba (2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961)

Patrice Émery Lumumba (2 July 1925 – 17 January 1961) was a Congolese independence leader and the first democratically elected leader of the Congo

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

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Dedan Kimathi Waciuri (31 October 1920 – 18 February 1957)

Dedan Kimathi Waciuri (31 October 1920 – 18 February 1957) born Kimathi wa Waciuri, was a leader of the Mau Mau which led an armed military struggle known as the Mau Mau uprising against the British colonial government in Kenya in the 1950s

Samora Moisés Machel (September 29, 1933 – October 19, 1986)

Samora Moisés Machel (September 29, 1933 – October 19, 1986) was a Mozambican military commander, revolutionary socialist leader, and eventual President of Mozambique

Barack Hussein Obama II born August 4, 1961)

Barack Hussein Obama II born August 4, 1961) is an American politician currently serving as the 44th President of the United States, the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review.

Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral 12 September 1924 – 20 January 1973)

Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral (Portuguese: [ɐˈmilkaɾ ˈlɔpɨʃ kɐˈbɾal]; 12 September 1924 – 20 January 1973) was a Guinea-Bissauan and Cape Verdean agricultural engineer, writer, and a nationalist thinker and political leader. He was also one of Africa's foremost anti-colonial leaders.

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