Famous African-Americans include entertainers, athletes, politicians and activists. African-Americans make a huge impact in all areas of American life. Here's a list of some of the most famous African-Americans who are household names and instantly recognizable throughout the world.
The president of the United States and leader of the free world obviously takes the top spot. Only half a century ago it would have been unimaginable for someone with African blood to be elected as president. When Barrack Obama won the presidency, it heralded a new era and sent the message out to the country and the rest of the world that anyone can become president of the United States.
The second spot goes to the First Lady. Since her husband became president, Michelle Obama has been busy promoting her causes and meeting dignitaries throughout the world. Stories of Michelle Obama very often dissect what she wore. She's made the best-dressed list of "Vanity Fair" multiple times.
The queen of daytime television just recently ended her talk show but will continue to grace homes with her presence through her own network: OWN. Oprah's influence is so strong that anything she recommended on her show, such as a novel, was guaranteed to get commercial success.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the lives of African-Americans forever by spearheading the campaign for desegregation and equal rights through non-violent protest. His "I Have a Dream" speech is one of America's greatest speeches.
Muhammed Ali's personality was so charismatic when he was in his prime that he achieved a level of fame beyond what a boxer, even one who won the World Heavyweight Champion three times, would have regularly achieved. While Parkinson's syndrome has now prevented Mohammed Ali from engaging with the public as he used to, he is still active with appearances and humanitarian activities.