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The Black 100:
A Ranking of the Most Influential African-Americans, Past and Present


The list below is from the book
The Black 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential African-Americans, Past and Present, Citadel Press (1993), written by Columbus Salley.

1 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Baptist
2 Frederick Douglass  
3 Booker T. Washington  
4 W.E.B. Du Bois  
5 Charles H. Houston  
6 Richard Allen and
Absalom Jones
African Methodist Episcopal Church (founder)
first black Episcopalian priest
7 Prince Hall  
8 Samuel E. Cornish and John Russwurm  
9 David Walker  
10 Nat Turner  
11 James Forten  
12 Harriet Tubman Methodist
13 Martin R. Delany  
14 Henry H. Garnet  
15 Sojourner Truth Methodist; Seventh-day Adventist
16 Benjamin Banneker  
17 Crispus Attucks  
18 Paul Laurence Dunbar  
19 Phillis Wheatley  
20 P.B.S. Pinchback  
21 Marcus Garvey  
22 Thurgood Marshall Episcopalian
23 Malcolm X Seventh-day Adventist; Nation of Islam; Islam
24 Paul Robeson Quaker
25 Carter G. Woodson  
26 James Weldon Johnston  
27 George Washington Carver Christianity
28 William M. Trotter  
29 Ida B. Wells-Barnett  
30 Madame C.J. Walker  
31 A. Philip Randolph  
32 Walter F. White  
33 Roy Wilkins  
34 Langston Hughes  
35 Mary McLeod Bethune Methodist
36 Alain Locke Baha'i
37 Claude McKay Catholic
38 E. Franklin Frazier  
39 Henry McNeal Turner Methodist
40 Mordecai W. Johnson  
41 Robert Abbott  
42 Jackie Robinson Methodist
43 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.  
44 Whitney M. Young, Jr.  
45 Mary Church Terrell  
46 John H. Johnson  
47 Jesse Jackson Baptist
48 Alex Haley  
49 James Baldwin  
50 Richard Wright Seventh-day Adventist
51 Elijah Muhammad Nation of Islam
52 Zora Neale Hurston  
53 Benjamin E. Mays  
54 Muhammad Ali Islam
55 Arthur Schomburg  
56 Jesse Owens Christianity
57 Charles R. Drew  
58 John Hope  
59 Bayard Rustin Quaker
60 T. Thomas Fortune  
61 Dorothy I. Height  
62 Bill Crosby  
63 Jack Johnson  
64 Gwendolyn Brooks  
65 Andrew Young Congregationalist
66 Ralph Abernathy  
67 Duke Ellington Episcopalian
68 Louis Armstrong Baptist
69 Shirley Chisholm Baptist
70 Ralph Bunche  
71 Joe Louis  
72 Lerone Bennett, Jr.  
73 Toni Morrison  
74 John Hope Franklin  
75 Fannie Lou Hamer  
76 Kenneth B. Clark  
77 Lorraine Hansberry  
78 Benjamin Hooks  
79 Leon Sullivan  
80 Louis Farrakhan Nation of Islam
81 Oscar Micheaux  
82 Carl Rowan  
83 Bill Gray  
84 Katherine Dunham  
85 Maya Angelou  
86 Earl Graves  
87 Hank Aaron  
88 Dick Gregory  
89 Oprah Winfrey Protestant
90 Ron Karenga  
91 Ruby Dee and Ossie David  
92 Harry Belefonte  
93 Marian Wright Edelman Baptist
94 Marian Anderson Baptist
95 Colin Powell Episcopalian
96 August Wilson  
97 Clarence Thomas Catholic
98 Arthur Ashe  
99 Black Power  
100 Rosa Parks Methodist

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