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African-Americans Who Have Made a Positive Difference in the World

by Edyta Choinska

Who are the most notable black people who have made a difference in people’s lives? From authors and orators to singers and activists, there are many who have used their skills, speech and expertise to have a positive impact on the world. Here we round up the men and women who have and continue to make that all-important difference.

From Mohammed Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Michael Jackson and Kevin Hart, these individuals have worked hard and have made an unfathomable contribution to the world thanks to their positivity, work ethic and commitment.

A pivotal figure in the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. must be one of the most recognizable black men who has made a difference to generations of black people and others. He strived to overcome discrimination and to attain equal rights for black people until his untimely death in 1968.

Similarly to Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela devoted a significant part of his life to campaigning against apartheid in South Africa. In fact, he became the first elected president in post-apartheid South Africa.

Also, Rosa Parks is a name that is associated with the civil rights movement and dedicated her life to striving to overcome racial segregation. Throughout her life, she remained an influential figure in the civil rights movement, encouraging a break down of racial barriers until her death in 2005.

In popular culture, there also are many success stories among black people. One of which is Kevin Hart, one of the most famous comedians in the world whose comedic style is derived from his experiences growing up as a black man in a large family. It took time for Hart to find success and develop his comedy style. In addition to his comedy, Hart has also undertaken a variety of acting roles, including an appearance in the film “Get Hard.” But his talent doesn’t end there. In his spare time, Kevin Hart is also a supremely talented poker player who famously starred in what was one of the “craziest hands of poker” earlier this year. Unsurprisingly, he has also managed to combine his talent and enthusiasm for the sport with his quick wit. 

Women such as Michelle Obama, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey are all examples of 21st-century powerful black women who use their voice and fame to make a significant difference in the world as well. Michelle Obama is heavily involved in many charitable endeavors while Oprah Winfrey uses her fame to help support improving civil rights.

With regards to sports, you can’t argue the prowess and success of athletes like Pelé, Michael Jordan and Usain Bolt who have all achieved greatness, including winning countless accolades and setting world records.

From the campaigners to the comedians and from the politicians to the presenters and everything in-between. While success is often measured in money earned, awards won and accolades received, it can also be measured in how we remember these impressive figureheads who have made a significant difference not only to their own lives but in the lives of others as well. Whether you are looking for some extra motivation or are conducting research for seminal events like Black History Month, you will feel inspired by every single one of these incredible individuals who have contributed so much for us all. 

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