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Desmond Tutu: One of Famous Blacks Who Changed The World

From politics to athletics, many famous black people such as Nelson Mandela and Mohammed Ali have thrived to leave a permanent scar and shi...

From politics to athletics, many famous black people such as Nelson Mandela and Mohammed Ali have thrived to leave a permanent scar and shift the history of the planet.  

Some have have accomplished it with aplomb including Pele, the famous Brazilian footballer, the late Micheal Jackson and the father of African literature, Chinua Achebe. 

Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)

King was a pivotal figure in the non-violent civil rights movement. During the 1950s and 1960s, he sought to improve race relations and overturn discrimination in American society. He is remembered for his powerful speeches which sought to bring about a united society – where race did not act as a barrier.

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)

Mandela spent most of his life campaigning for an end to apartheid in South Africa. After over 20 years in prison, he was released and was able to be the first elected President in post apartheid South Africa. Also admired for his forgiveness and willingness to reach out to the white community in South Africa.

Desmond Tutu (1931 – 2021)

Leading figurehead in the South African anti apartheid movement. Desmond Tutu was a leading figure in speaking out for humanitarian and civil rights issues. Archbishop Tutu had helped bequeath "a liberated South Africa," President Cyril Ramaphosa said after his death. Tutu was one of the country's best known figures at home and abroad. 

A contemporary of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, he was was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991. 
The Late Archbishop Desmond Tutu
He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system.

Oliver Tambo (1917 – 1993)

President of the ANC (1960 – 1990). Tambo was a leading figure in promoting international opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Mohammed Ali (1942 – )

Great boxer of the 1960s. Refused to fight in Vietnam. Then a controversial decision, he later became widely admired as a principled figure of great stature.

Kofi Annan (1938 – )

UN Secretary General from Ghana who served two terms. Widely admired for his skills of patience and diplomacy.

Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975)

Leader of Ethiopia and symbol of African independence against colonialism

Barack Obama (1961- )

First US President of African origin. Obama served two terms as President and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Malcolm X (1925-1965)

Member of the Nation of Islam which advocated black self-determination separation of black and white people. He later disavowed racism and the Nation of Islam

Jesse Owens (1913-1980)

Won Olympic Gold at ‘Hitler’s Olympics’, Berlin 1936.

Pele (1940 – ) (Brazil, footballer)

Pele was the greatest footballer of the century. Since retirement Pele become a global ambassador for sport and is a well known advocate of overcoming poverty.

Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

Musician and singer. Famous for albums such as ‘Bad’ and “Off the Wall”. Jackson was also a pioneer of music videos.

Michael Jordan (1963 – ) 

Great American Basketball player.

Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013)

Best selling Nigerian novelist. He wrote the 1958 classic, ‘Things Fall Apart’

Haile Gebrselassie (1973 – )

Ethiopian record breaking distance runner.

Usain Bolt (1986 – )

Iconic sprinter who has won a double Olympic triple of Gold medals at 100m, 200m, and 100m relay at 2008 and 2012 Olympics

Carl Lewis (1961 – )

US, athletics Nine time Olympic gold medallist, Carl Lewis won gold over three Olympics and was the great star of 1980s track and field. - Online Sources 

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