Influencing a person isn’t just something normal or usual but in history, some people have left their permanent marks by changing the world with their philosophy, legacy, and ideology. Not all of them were philosophers, book readers, or activists only but belonged to various backgrounds and professions, bringing you the 10 black people who changed the world.
1. Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was given the title of “Mahatma” which means one possessing a great soul. He was extremely against violence and always preached peace and love. Be profession he was a lawyer and lead campaign to free India from the rule of the Britishers. Gandhi left some principles to make the world a peaceful place to live including non-violence, peaceful protest, truth & welfare for all.
2. Michael Jackson
Jackson, the greatest entertainer of all time, is among the top influential personalities who used music not just for fun and entertainment but for the better future and a world filled with peace and harmony. His songs “Heal the World”, “Earth Song”, “They don’t care about us” and many others are the greatest examples of his concerns to protect the rights of animals, children, and other oppressed communities.
3. Nelson Mandela
This anti-Apartheid activist spent the majority of years of his life fighting against racism and was imprisoned for 27 years of his life. He was the first black President to South Africa and is known for his revolution to protect the rights of South Africans. He founded a foundation “Nelson Mandela Foundation” with a vision of encouraging freedom and equality for all.
4. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The American activist and minister is well known for his Civil Rights Movement and the speech “I Have a Dream” that is narrated by many people who fought against hatred and discrimination. He himself is an inspiration to many activists and the world will remember him for his bravery and heroism.
5. Muhammad Ali
Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., Muhammad Ali was a heavyweight boxer by profession and later converted to Islam. His inspirational quotes are a symbol and reflection of his beautiful heart filled with love and courage at the same time. He always tried to make people know how capable they are and that everything is possible if our hearts and mind can believe and conceive it.
6. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman, being a famous actor, is also known for his inspirational quotes and unique roles in movies. We hardly know any movie in which we see him in an ignorant role, no matter how less he speaks, his eyes, and his expressions make us feel the deep connection he makes with his characters.
7. Barack Obama
The 44th American President, Barack Hussein Obama had 8 years presidency and received the “Nobel Peace Prize” for 2009 for his outstanding struggles and dedication to make the international policy strong. His leadership traits are famous worldwide and people idealize him for his strong emphasis on making the people think and believe in themselves.
8. Whitney Houston
The most awarded female performer, Whitney Houston is the only lady in our list whose millions of records were sold worldwide. She is an inspirational personality to many black female artists and made them feel proud of their color and appearance. Her melodious voice and fearless presence can never be forgotten.
9. Tiger Woods
Sports is one of the greatest influences and Tiger Woods is a prominent name in the field of Golf who inspired people with his amazing playing skills. Holding numerous records, Woods is a famous athlete and a pride to the black Americans.
10. Louis Armstrong
We know Louis Armstrong as an artist who was an actor, a trumpeter, but he was above all this. His legacy consumed decades and is still continuing with his magical masterpieces in the form of songs like “What a Wonderful World”, “Star Dust” etc. and others that made his name prominent in the world of Jazz music.