Great Louisiana African Americans

 

Last Update: 1/20/05

Amédé Ardoin

Musician—Accordionist

Louis Armstrong

Musician--Jazz

Buddy Bolden

Musician--Jazz

Arna Wendell Bontemps

Author, Anthologist, Librarian

Ruby Bridges

1st to integrate New Orleans schools, Founded the Ruby Bridges Foundation

Andrew Felton Brimmer

Economist, Academic and Business Leader, Federal Reserve Member (1st)

Clifton Chenier

Musician—King of Zydeco

Johnnie Cochran

Attorney

Fats Domino

Musician—singer, composer

Lynn Emery

Author—Fiction/Romance

Ernest J. Gaines

Author

Terius Grey

Hip Hop/Rap

Byrant Gumbel

Network Broadcaster

Greg Gumbel

Network Sportscaster

Clementine Hunter

Folk Artist

Mahalia Jackson

Entertainer/Gospel

William J. Jefferson

Politics – U.S. House of Representatives

Sybil Kein

Author—Poetry

Pinkie Lane

Author--Poetry

Huddie (Leadbelly) Ledbetter

Musician--Guitarist

Nellie Lutcher

Jazz Singer/Musician

Karl Malone

Athlete—Basketball

M. C. B. Mason

Clergyman, Educator

Branford Marcalis

Musician--Jazz

Wynton Marcalis

Musician--Jazz

Denise Walter McConduit

Author—Poetry/Children’s Literature

Percy Miller

Recording Artist/Producer—Hip Hop/Rap

Percy Romeo Miller Jr

Recording Artist—Hip Hop/Actor

Dutch Morial

Politics--Mayor

Jelly Roll Morton

Musician--Jazz

Aaron Neville

Musician--Singer

 Cyril Neville

Musician--Singer

Charmaine Neville

Musician--Singer

Joe “King” Oliver

Musician—Jazz

Edward “Eddie” Robinson

Sports—Grambling Football Head Coach

William “Bill” Felton Russell

Athlete-Basketball-NBA Hall of Fame

Sarah Breedlove Walker

(Madame C.J.)

Business-- manufacturer of hair care

products for African American women

Douglas Turner Ward

Producer, Director, Actor, Playwright

Lynn Whitfield

Actress

 

Andrew Jackson Young, Jr.

Politician, Civil-Rights Leader, Clergyman, and Former United States' Ambassador to the United Nations

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