African-American history is filled with the tales of inspiring individuals—many of whom
overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States. In this group, we examine
the lives of African-Americans who have made extraordinary achievements in their fields,
including inventors such as George Washington Carver; activists like Malcolm X
and Rosa Parks; athletes such as Willie Mays and Michael Jordan; and entertainers
like Bessie Smith and Oprah Winfrey. Their names, and their stories, have become
synonymous with the rich legacy that is African-American culture.
Famous Black Entertainers