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Last Updated: February 20, 2015

327 unassigned entries are currently available. We always welcome suggestions for additional names to the AANB database. Email aanbonline@oup.com if you are interested in contributing an entry (please include a CV and writing sample) for any of the following, or if you would like to suggest the inclusion of significant African Americans not yet on our list.

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Entry Term Birth Year Death Year Primary Category
Clifford, Isaac      
Fossett, Joseph      
Herrera, Rose      
Riley, John      
Robinson, Martin   1864  
Williams, Lula      
Banks, Carolyn Long     Activism
Fraser-Houze, Debra     Activism
Gordon, Lena Trent   DEAD Activism
Griffin-Gracy, Miss Major 1940   Activism
Hayden, Harriet   1893 Activism
Holly, John O.     Activism
Kofi, Prince Lani     Activism
Patterson, Elizabeth Ann Hayes "Ginger" 1945   Activism
Ricks, Willie     Activism
Simmons, John-Paul 19XX   Activism
Stevens, Terrence     Activism
Thelwell, Ekwueme Michael 1939   Activism
Bond, J. Max, Jr. 1935 2009 Architecture
Acquaye, Saka 1923 2007 Art
Bibb, Margaret     Art
Cave, Nick 1959   Art
Harris, Jerry     Art
Holloway, Wilbert L.   19XX Art
Keesee, Ann     Art
Reed, Philip     Art
Simmons, Gary 1964   Art
Boler-Davis, Alicia     Business
Jamisen, Robert L. 18XX DEAD Business
Johnson, George E., Sr. 1927   Business
Lewis, William M., Jr. 1956   Business
Oliver, Garrett     Business
Pessou, Louis Lucien 1825 1886 Business
Williams, Peter     Commerce
Arnold, Ronne 1938   Dance
Bates, Add     Dance
Johnson, Carole 1940   Dance
Legon, Jeni 1916 2012 Dance
Ackerman, Arlene 1947 2013 Education
Brooks, Albert N. D.     Education
Brown, Vincent 1967   Education
Bryce-Laporte, Roy S. 1933 2012 Education
Conrad, Ceclia 19XX   Education
Evans, David L. 19XX   Education
Fulbright, Stewart 1919 2012 Education
Hood, James 1942 2013 Education
Julian, Elizabeth Azalea 1906 2007 Education
Martin, Tony 1942   Education
Mitchell, Allee J.   2005 Education
Muhammad, Nuurah Amatullah 1930 (before)   Education
Robinson, Dollye M. E.     Education
Rose, Tricia 1962   Education
Smith, Jessie Carney     Education
Washington, Joseph R., Jr. 1930   Education
Williams, Nudie Eugene 1936 2003 Education
McDonald, Kenrick ICE     Entertainment
Prince, Nero     Expatriate
Ross, Robert     Expatriate
John, Daymond     Fashion
Daniels, Lee 1959   Film
Miles, William 1931 2013 Film
Kotto, Yaphet     Film/Theater
Gordon, Robert 1957   Government
Haynie, James H. 1936   Government
McMillan, Eldridge W. 1934   Government
Rice, Emmett J. 1919 2011 Government
Rice, Susan 1964   Government
Vance-Cooks, Davita     Government
Claxton, Melvin 1960?   Journalism
Cooper, Kenneth     Journalism
duCille, Michel     Journalism
Ford, Dionne     Journalism
Jackson, Harold     Journalism
Jones, Walter     Journalism
Lee, Rhonda     Journalism
Lockman, Norman     Journalism
Richardson, Martin Daniel Jr. 1906 1957 Journalism
Robinson, Layhmond, Jr. 1925 2013 Journalism
Tapley, Melvin (Tap Melvin)   2005 Journalism
Thomas, Patricia     Journalism
Thornton, Lee 1941 2013 Journalism
White, Jack E. 1946   Journalism
Jones, Theodore T. 1944 2012 Law
Lacey, Jackie     Law
Lumumba, Chokwe 1947 2014 Law
Malone, W.T.     Law
Whitmore, George, Jr. 1945? 2012 Law
Barnes, Steven 1952   Literature
Manning, Lynn 1955   Literature
Ballard, John (Phys.) 18XX 19XX Medicine
Codice, Walter Vincent, Jr. 1919 2013 Medicine
Kea (O'Reilly), Salaria 1917 1990 Medicine
Rice, George 1848 1935 Medicine
Brown, John 18xx 1862 Military
Carter, Isom 17XX   Military
Cosby, Robert W. 1925 2004 Military
Dias, George     Military
Duckworth, Willie     Military
Foster, Peter     Military
Hayes, Marcella A.     Military
Pulliams, John   2002 Military
Rogers, John W., Sr. 1918 2014 Military
Wright, James E. (Muscles)     Military
Achmet, Hamet 17XX 18XX Music
Ayler, Donald 1942 2007 Music
Bell, Edward (Ed) 1905 1960 Music
Blow, Kurtis (Kurtis Walker) 1959   Music
Bohannon, Hamilton 1942   Music
Bonner, Leroy 1943 2013 Music
Brown, Marion 1931 2010 Music
Brown, Maxine 1939   Music
Busta Rhymes 1972   Music
Campbell, Roy, Jr. 1952 2014 Music
Carey, Mariah 1970   Music
Cash, Fred 1938   Music
Castor, Jimmy 1940 2012 Music
Cherry, Neneh 1964   Music
Coley, Doris 1941 2000 Music
Copeland, Misty 1982   Music
Cosby, Henry 'Hank' 1928 2002 Music
Davis, Carl 1934 2012 Music
Death (band)     Music
Doyle, Arthur 1944 2014 Music
Duncan, Cleve 1934? 2012 Music
Eastman, Julius 1940 1990 Music
Ennis, Ethel Llewellyn 1932   Music
Eve 1978   Music
Fields, Venetta 1940?   Music
Flavor Flav 1959   Music
Foxy Brown 1978   Music
Francis, Cleve     Music
Franklin, Kirk 1970   Music
George, Rocky 1964   Music
Gooden, Sam 1939   Music
Gourdine, Jerome Anthony 1940   Music
Grant, Rudy     Music
Greaves, R.B. 1943 2012 Music
Harris, Major 1947 2012 Music
Helton, Annette Beard Sterling 1943   Music
Henderson, Wayne 1939 2014 Music
Hill, Lauryn 1975   Music
Hines, Marcia 1953   Music
Hudson, Paul D. 1956   Music
Jackson, George 1945 2013 Music
Jacobs, George 1927 2013 Music
Jenifer, Darryl 1960   Music
Johnson, General   2010 Music
Johnson, Ruby 1936 1999 Music
Jones, Orville "Hoppy" 1902 1944 Music
Knight, Marion "Suge" 1965   Music
Kool Keith 1963   Music
Lancaster, Byard 1942 2012 Music
Lee, Beverly 1941   Music
Lewis, Barbara 1943   Music
Lighty, Chris 1968? 2012 Music
Lil' Kim 1974   Music
Logan, Giuseppi 1935   Music
Love, Darlene 1938   Music
Mason, Barbara 1947   Music
MC Hammer 1962   Music
McKiver, Lawrence 1915 2013 Music
McNeil, Albert     Music
Mitchell, Dwike 1930 2013 Music
Moore, Angelo 1965   Music
Morris, Butch 1947 2013 Music
Moy, Sylvia     Music
Ndegeocello, Meshell 1968   Music
Oliver, Jimmy     Music
Owens, Shirley 1941   Music
Parker, Maceo 1943   Music
Payton, Roquel 1960   Music
Peoples, Theo 1961   Music
Roberts, Matana     Music
Scott, R. Alonzo 1896 1938 Music
Shirley, Don 1927 2013 Music
Slick Rick 1965   Music
Smith, Bobbie 1936 2013 Music
Spoonie Gee 1963   Music
Stewart, Sylvester 1943   Music
Stone, Angie 1961   Music
Strickland, Napoleon 1919 2001 Music
Strong, Barrett 1941   Music
Thompson, Ahmir Khalib (Questlove) 1971   Music
Thompson, Haskell "Whistlin Britches"     Music
Troutman, Roger 1955 1991 Music
Warren, Butch 1939 2013 Music
Wilkinson, Raven 1935   Music
Williams, Julius P. 1954   Music
Williams, Spencer 1889 1965 Music
Wilson, Frank 1940 2012 Music
Yancey, James (J Dilla) 1974 2006 Music
Yuro, Timi  (Rosemary Timothy Yuro) 1940 2004 Music
Stokes, Frank 1888 1955 Music (blues)
Alexander, N.W. 18XX 19XX Politics
Ball, H. Wesley     Politics
Barron, Charles 1950   Politics
Bowen, William F. 19XX 1999 Politics
Boyd, Walter 18XX DEAD Politics
Bush, A. L. (Rush) 18XX DEAD Politics
Cousin, Ertharin 1957   Politics
DeBerry, Lois M. 1945 2013 Politics
Golar, Simeon 1928 2013 Politics
James, Letitia 1958   Politics
Jarrett, Valerie 1956   Politics
Lynch, Bill 1941 2013 Politics
Odom, Elzie 1928   Politics
Palmer, Robert 18XX DEAD Politics
Paterson, Basil A. 1926 2014 Politics
Rawlings-Blake, Stephanie 1970   Politics
Rose, Debi     Politics
Scott, David 1946   Politics
Swain, Carol M. 1954   Politics
Thomas-Greenfield, Linda 1952?   Politics
Waldon, Alton R. 1936   Politics
White, Michael 1951   Politics
Wilson, J.E. 1838 19XX Politics, Military
Williams, Robert Lee II 1930   Psychology
Mapp-Robinson, Zylpha 1914 2001 Religion
Valle, Lincoln     Religion
Yeocum, William     Religion
Boykin, Wade 19XX   Science
Charles, Kerwin 19XX   Science
Gates, Sylvester James, Jr. 1950   Science
Gillam, Isaac T., IV 1932   Science
Gordon, Asa     Science
Mathews, Virgil E. 1928   Science
Simms, Margaret 195X   Science
Bickford, Sarah 18XX   Slave Narrative
Anarcha     Slavery
Curtis, Benjamin     Slavery
Grimshaw, Juliet     Slavery
Raynor, Judy     Slavery
Edimboro, Felipe c.1820   Slavery, Business
Buery, Richard     Social Services
Dumpson, James R. 1909 2012 Social Services
Bradford, James 1928 2013 Sports
Gourdine, Simon P. 1940 2012 Sports
Pittman, Charles A. "Tony" and Pittman, Charles V.     Sports
Pittman, Charles V.     Sports
Pope, Eddie 1973   Sports
Bivins, Jimmy 1919 2012 Sports (box)
Ellis, Jimmy 1940 2014 Sports (box)
Haymon, Al     Sports (box)
Mayweather, Floyd 1977   Sports (box)
Travers, Bob 1831 18XX Sports (box)
Williams, Carl 1959 2013 Sports (box)
Blair, Paul 1944 2013 Sports (bsb)
Lambert, Willie     Sports (bsb)
White, William Edward 1860 1937 Sports (bsb)
Beaty, Zelmo 1939 2013 Sports (bsk)
Briscoe, Mike     Sports (bsk)
DeZonie, Hank 1922 2009 Sports (bsk)
Dorsey, Chris     Sports (bsk)
Frye, Nelson     Sports (bsk)
Horne, Edwin 'Teddy'     Sports (bsk)
Isaacs, John 'Boy Wonder' 1915 2009 Sports (bsk)
King, William 'Dolly' 1916 1969 Sports (bsk)
Manigault, Earl 1944 1998 Sports (bsk)
Robinson, Flynn 1941 2013 Sports (bsk)
Spence, Bonita 1961 2013 Sports (bsk)
Thomas, Archer     Sports (bsk)
Baker, Doc (Charles)     Sports (ftb)
Brackins, Charlie 1932 1991 Sports (ftb)
Bradley, Harold Willard "Hal" 1905   Sports (ftb)
Butler, Edward "sol" 1897 1954 Sports (ftb)
Carey, Mike 1949   Sports (ftb)
Gilliam, Joe 1950 2000 Sports (ftb)
Greenwood, L.C. 1946 2013 Sports (ftb)
Grier, Johnny 1947   Sports (ftb)
Hudson, Dick 1898   Sports (ftb)
Kemp, Ray 1907 2002 Sports (ftb)
Lillard, Joe 1905 1978 Sports (ftb)
Merritt, John 1926 1983 Sports (ftb)
Muncie, Chuck 1953 2013 Sports (ftb)
Myers, David 1906   Sports (ftb)
Shelbourne, John W. 1894 1978 Sports (ftb)
Smith, Gideon (Charlie)     Sports (ftb)
Toler, Burl 1928 2009 Sports (ftb)
Turner, James 1899 1932 Sports (ftb)
Younger, Paul Lawrence "Tank" 1928 2001 Sports (ftb)
Smith, Al and Victoria Young Smith     Sports (judo)
Tyner, Leonard (Bobby) 1923?   Sports (marbles)
Harris, George 1933 2011 Sports (martial arts)
Hawkins, Eddie     Sports (scr)
Scurry, Brianna 1971   Sports (soccer)
Harris, Billie     Sports (softball)
Justice, Charles     Sports (softball)
Williams, Frankie A. 1933   Sports (softball)
Holmes, Tally Robert   DEAD Sports (tennis)
Campbell, Milt 1933 2012 Sports (trk)
Roberts, Amelia     Sports (trk)
Taylor, John Baxter 18XX 1908 Sports (trk)
Bordley, William Edward     Sports (wrestling)
Neal, Charlie     Sports broadcasting
Barclay, Paris 1956   Television
July, Fay 18XX 19XX The West
Walker, Lewis Wilson 1838 1916 The West
Springer, Ashton 1931? 2013 Theater
Bland, Edward 1926 2013 Theater / Film
Burke, Gracie Maldell (Georgia) 1906   Theater / Film
Chenault, Lawrence E. 1877   Theater / Film
Cooper, Barry Michael 19XX   Theater / Film
Dearing, Judy 1940 1995 Theater / Film
Guyse, Sheila 1925 2013 Theater / Film
Lyles, Aubrey 1884 1932 Theater / Film
McGee, Vonetta 1945 2010 Theater / Film
Moore, Juanita 1922 2014 Theater / Film
Myers, Lou 1935 2013 Theater / Film
Smith, Mildred Joanne 1923   Theater / Film
Woodard, Alfre 1952   Theater / Film
Clayton Hoskins, Allen 1920 1980 TV / Radio
Nelson, Ford     TV / Radio
Armstrong, Ethel Boyce     Women's History
Sprague, Estella 18XX DEAD Women's History
Allen, Clarissa M. Thompson     Writing
Barron, Mannie 1955 2010 Writing
Dean, Philip Hayes 1931 2014 Writing
Dodson, Owen Vincent 1914 1983 Writing
Draper, Sharon     Writing
Foster, Tonya 19XX   Writing
Howard, Joe ("Bill Nye")     Writing
Lee, Leslie 1930 2014 Writing
Rankine, Claudia 1963   Writing
Rustic, Jane     Writing
Sanders, Dori 1934   Writing
Saunders, Charles R. 1946   Writing
Woods, Teri     Writing
     

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