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

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