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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

Alabama A&M University’s

‘A-List’ of Alabama-Born African Americans

 
by Jerome Saintjones
 
 
Hank Aaron, baseball great, Mobile
Joel “JoJo” Adams, blues entertainer, Rural (Unknown)
Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, Linden
Arthur Alexander, country/soul singer, Sheffield
Inez Andrews, Gospel singer, Birmingham
Robert Avery, long-time activist who, as a teen, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Charles Barkley, NBA superstar, Leeds
Andrew Jackson Beard, Inventor of railroad coupler, Pinson
Jo Jo Benson, R&B/soul singer, Phenix City
Herman Blount aka “Sun Ra,” Visionary musician, Birmingham
Willie D. Burton, Academy Award-winning sound engineer, Tuscaloosa
Clarence and Curtis Butler “The Butler Twins,” Detroit blues, Killen
George “Wild Child” Butler, Blues harmonica player, Autaugaville
James Anthony Carmichael, Grammy Award-winning arranger and record producer, Gadsden
Johnnie Carr, Civil rights activist, Montgomery
Clarence Carter, Soul singer, Montgomery
Nell Carter, actress/singer, Birmingham
Reg E. Cathey, Actor, Huntsville
John Henrik Clarke, Pan Africanist, Union Springs
Mattie Moss Clarke, Gospel singer, Selma
Lorenzo Clemons, Actor, Birmingham
Nat King Cole, vocalist and icon, Montgomery
Burl C. “Jaybird” Coleman, country blues harmonica player, Gainesville
Mitty Collier, Soul singer, Birmingham
Marva Collins, educator, Monroeville
Laverne Cox, actress, Mobile
William Levi Dawson, composer, Anniston
Anthony Daniels, Alabama’s first black minority House leader, Midway
James Reese Europe, Conductor/composer, Mobile
Maria Fearing, Ex-slave educator and missionary, Gainesville
G-Side, Hip hop duo, Huntsville
Fred Gray, Civil rights attorney (Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Study), Montgomery
Albert Hall, Actor, Brighton
Vera Hall, Folk singer, Livingston
W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues," Florence
Erskine Hawkins, Jazz trumpeter, Birmingham
Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Mobile
Andre’ Holland, Actor, Bessemer
Evander Holyfield, boxer, Atmore
James Hood, Education pioneer, Gadsden
Brittany Howard, singer/guitarist, Athens
Jimmy Hughes, R&B singer, Leighton
Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, Notasulga
Bo Jackson, football/baseball athlete, Bessemer
Katherine Scruse Jackson, matriarch of The Jackson Family, Clayton
Rosetta James, activist, Akron
Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, Decatur
Mick Jenkins, Hip hop artist, Huntsville
Angela Johnson, Children’s book author and poet, Tuskegee
Orlando Jones, actor and comedian, Mobile
Vivian Malone Jones, Pioneer in higher education, Mobile
Tom Joyner, radio personality, Tuskegee
Percy Julian, inventor, Montgomery
Eddie Kendricks, R&B singer/songwriter, Union Springs
Coretta Scott King, civil rights advocate, Marion
Mathew Knowles, talent manager, father of Beyonce, Gadsden
Carl Lewis, track star, Birmingham
John Lewis, Congressman, Troy
Joe Louis, famous boxer, LaFayette
Joseph Lowery, minister/civil rights leader, Huntsville
Autherine Lucy, Education pioneer, Shiloh
Simmie Lee Knox, painter (official portrait of President Bill Clinton), Aliceville
Gucci Mane, Rapper, Bessemer
Willie Mays, baseball legend, Westfield
Jerry McCain, Electric blues musician, Gadsden
Iverson Minter “Louisiana Red,” blues guitarist, Bessemer
Johnny Moore, R&B singer of Drifters fame, Selma
Albert Murray, novelist and literary critic, Nokomis
Fayard Nicholas, “Nicholas Brothers,” Tap dancer/choreographer, Mobile
Cliff Nobles, American pop singer, Grove Hill
Odetta, folk singer, Birmingham
Jesse Owens, athlete, Oakville
Terrell Owens, football notable, Alexander City
Satchel Paige, legendary baseball player, Mobile
Henry Panion, conductor/professor, Birmingham
Rosa Parks, civil rights legend, Tuskegee
Wilson Pickett, singer, Prattville
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Birmingham
Maurice “Rich Boy” Richards, Rapper, Mobile
Lionel Richie, singer, Tuskegee
Robin Roberts, television broadcaster, Tuskegee
John Solomon Sandridge, Artist/sculptor, Gadsden
David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Anniston
Eugene Sawyer, Jr., former mayor of Chicago, Greensboro
Earnie Shavers, hard-hitting boxer, Garland
Naomi Shelton, Gospel/soul singer, Midway
Percy Sledge, singer, Leighton
Broderick “Rickey” Smiley, comedian, Birmingham
James Foster Smith, teen hitchhiker from Alabama to the 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Limmie Snell, Soul singer, Dalton
John Stallworth, former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver, Tuscaloosa
Ruben Studdard, former "American Idol", Birmingham
Glenn “Doe B” Thomas, Rapper, Montgomery
Robert Frank Thomas, with two teen friends, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Oscar Toney Jr., Soul singer, Selma
Cynthia Tucker, Syndicated columnist, Monroeville
Don Varner, Soul/gospel singer, Birmingham
Dinah Washington, blues queen, Tuscaloosa
Thomas E. Weatherly, poet, Scottsboro
Palmer Williams, Stage and television actor, Camden
Bill Winston, televangelist, Tuskegee
Jameis Winston, football player, Hueytown
Holland Dai’mon “Mr. Envi’” Witherspoon, Rapper, Uniontown
Ella Ramah Willis Wofford, mother of Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, Greenville
Roy Wood, Jr., comedian and actor, Birmingham
Coleman Young, former mayor of Detroit, Tuscaloosa
  
2018 Edition