100 Greatest African Americans

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100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia
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Author Molefi Kete Asante
Country United States
Language English
Subject African-American biographies
Published 2002
Pages 345
ISBN 978-1-57392-963-9

100 Greatest African Americans is a biographical dictionary of the one hundred historically greatest Black Americans (in no particular order; that is, they are not ranked), as assessed by Molefi Kete Asante in 2002.

Criteria[edit]

Asante used five factors in establishing the list:

  • "significance in the general progress of African-Americans toward full equality in the American social and political system"
  • "self-sacrifice and a willingness to take great risks for the collective good"
  • "unusual will and determination in the face of great danger and against the most stubborn odds"
  • "a consistent posture toward raising the social, cultural and economic status of African Americans"
  • "personal achievement that reveals the best qualities of the African American people"

Asante's List [1][edit]

Hank Aaron

Ira Aldridge

Muhammad Ali

Richard Allen

Marian Anderson

Maya Angelou

Arthur Ashe

Crispus Attucks

James Baldwin

Benjamin Banneker

Amiri Baraka

Romare Bearden

Mary McLeod Bethune

Guion Bluford

Arna Bontemps

Edward W. Brooke

Gwendolyn Brooks

Blanche K. Bruce

Ralph Bunche

George Washington Carver

Shirley Chisholm

Kenneth B. Clark

John Henrik Clarke

John Coltrane

Bill Cosby

Alexander Crummell

Countee Cullen

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Martin R. Delany

Frederick Douglass

Charles Drew

W. E. B. Du Bois

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Katherine Dunham

Duke Ellington

James Forten

John Hope Franklin

Henry Highland Garnet

Marcus Garvey

Prince Hall

Fannie Lou Hamer

Lorraine Hansberry

Dorothy Height

Matthew Henson

Charles Hamilton Houston

Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston

Jesse Jackson

Mae Jemison

Jack Johnson

James Weldon Johnson

John H. Johnson

Percy Julian

Ernest Just

Maulana Karenga

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Edmonia Lewis

Alain Locke

Joe Louis

Thurgood Marshall

Benjamin E. Mays

Elijah McCoy

Claude McKay

Oscar Micheaux

Dorie Miller

Garrett Morgan

Toni Morrison

Elijah Muhammad

Jesse Owens

Rosa Parks

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Colin Powell

A. Philip Randolph

Hiram Revels

Paul Robeson

Jackie Robinson

John Russwurm

Arturo Schomburg

Benjamin "Pop" Singleton

Mary Church Terrell

William Monroe Trotter

Sojourner Truth

Harriet Tubman

Kwame Ture

Henry McNeal Turner

Nat Turner

David Walker

Madame C. J. Walker

Booker T. Washington

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Phillis Wheatley

Walter F. White

Roy Wilkins

Daniel Hale Williams

August Wilson

Oprah Winfrey

Tiger Woods

Carter G. Woodson

Richard Wright

Malcolm X

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ tittleiota (November 20, 2013). "List of 100 Greatest African Americans (Molefi Kete Asante, 2002)". Listology. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 

References[edit]

  • Asante, Molefi Kete (2002). 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Amherst, NY: Prometheus. ISBN 978-1-57392-963-9.