Great Black Heros


Welcome to Great Black Heroes. This site looks as many of the Black heroes in the course of history, pioneers and ground breakers in different fields. Many have gone unrecognized for their contributions, but their significance is now being rediscovered. Join us in recognizing these Great Black Heroes.

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) Nelson Mandela was an active member of the fight against apartheid in South Africa. His was imprisoned for over 27 years for trying to overthrow the apartheid regime. He was released in 1990 and became the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994. His magnanimous personality helped to heal the rift between the white and black populations. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993.

Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975)

Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975) Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930. Selassie became an inspirational figure in the movement for African independence for the way he resisted the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during the 1930s.

Desmond Tutu (1931 – )

Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) South African Nobel peace prize winner 1984. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a prominent figurehead in the campaign against apartheid. After the fall of apartheid, he took part in the truth and reconciliation process to heal the wounds of apartheid. Desmond Tutu has became a leading global humanitarian and ambassador of goodwill.

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Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013)

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Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013)
Nigerian, novelist. He authored the best-selling 1958 classic, Things Fall Apart which has made him into one of the best selling African authors.

Abebe Bikila (1932-1973)

Abebe Bikila (1932-1973)  (Ethiopia, athletics) Double Olympic champion at the marathon (1960 and 1964) Won 1960 marathon running barefoot and gained first gold medal for a black African.

Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 1797)

Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 1797)

Olaudah Equiano (1745 – 1797) – The first black African slave to write about his experience as a slave. His book ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano‘ played a pivotal role in turning public opinion in Britain against slavery.

 "W. E. B." Du Bois ( February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963)

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois ( February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

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Fela Kuti 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997)

Fela Kuti (born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti;[1] 15 October 1938 – 2 August 1997), also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti or simply Fela, was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick

Malcolm X ( May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

Malcolm X ( May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist.

Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1891 – 22 August 1978)

Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1891 – 22 August 1978) was a Kenyan politician, and the first President of Kenya.

Kenyatta was the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978, serving first as Prime Minister (1963–64) and then as President (1964–78). He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki born 18 June 1942)

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki  born 18 June 1942) is a South African politician who served nine years as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999[4] to 24 September 2008.[

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Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.