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AfroAmerica Network Most Influential Black Persons as of 2022

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 Most Influential Black Person and AfroAmerica Black Person of the Year, as of 2022

In the table below are the Most Influential Black persons and AfroAmerica Black Persons of the Year, as the year 2022 starts. Each year, AfroAmerica Network names a Black Man and a Black Women of the Year. The influential Black persons are usually selected for a much longer period. Click on the name/link to explore more...

 

MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK MEN


Barack Obama, President, Law Professor 


Cornell West, Princeton Professor 


Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard Professor


Tyler Perry,  Actor, Director, Producer, and Screenwriter

Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr, Entertainer, Businessman


Denzel Washington, Entertainer, Businessman


Reverend Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Activist


Wynton Marsalis,Jazz Musician


Shawn Corey Carter Jay Z, Entertainer, Businessman
Trevor Noah, Comedian, Television host, and Political commentator
LeBron James, Basketball Player, Activist


AfroAmerica Black Person of the Year
Year Men              Women

2021

   Kémi Séba        

Nikole Hannah Jones

2020

   Evariste Ndayishimiye

Kamala Harris

2019

   Julius Malema.

Ava DuVernay

2018

   Abiy Ahmed Ali.

Stacy Yvonne Abrams

2017

   Colin Rand Kaepernick.

Diane Rwigara

2016

   Nate Parker

Ieshia Evans

2015

   John Pompe Magufuli.

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi

2014

   Rasheen Aldridge, Jr.

Marie Bamutese

2013

   Jakaya Kikwete

Tawanda Jones

2012

   Thulani Madondo

Nina Turner

2011

   Herman Cain

Dr. Susan Rice

2010

   Rev DeForest Soaries

Victoire Umuhoza Ingabire

2009

   Roy Foster

Dr. Regina Benjamin

2008

   Barack Hussein Obama

Michelle Obama

2007

   Geoffrey Canada

Patricia June O'Shane

2006

   Jose de Paula Neto

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

2005

   Earvin Magic Johnson                                      

Winnie Byanyima

2004

   Baraka Obama 

Joyce Mujuru 

2003

   Sean "P.Diddy" Combs 

Shoshana Johnson

2002

   Chief Moose 

Safiya Husain

2001

   Robert Mugabe

Condaleezza Rice

MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK WOMEN
Williams Sisters, Tennis/Models
Oprah Winfrey, Businesswoman and Entertainer 


Michelle Obama, Attorney, First-Lady

 Donna Brazile, Political Analyst, Politician, Teacher


Valerie Jarret, Businesswoman, President Advisor


Susan Rice, Political Researcher, Ambassador

Tyra Banks, Businesswoman, Entertainer


Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, Entertainer, Businesswoman
Yara Shahidi, Actress, Model, Activist 

 

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