I have my own iconostasis at home and these probably my top ten African Americans who are in it. 1. W.E.B. Du Bois 2. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3. Malcolm X 4. Paul Robeson 5. Frederick Douglass 6. Sojouner Truth 7. Harriet Tubman 8. Angela Davis 9. Fannie Lou Hamer 10. Mary McLeod Bethune
I couldn't eliminate anyone from this list, so I have 13 people...
1. Marcus Garvey 2. Queen Mother Audley E. Moore 2. W.E.B. Du Bois 4. Malcolm X 5. Nat Turner 6. Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah 7. Harriet Tubman 8. Dedan Kimathi 9. Steve Biko 10. Toussaint L'Ouverture 11. Nana Yaa Asantewa 12. Queen Nzinga 13. Martin Luther King
There would also have to be a seperate list for pre-colonial/slavery and ancient African icons.
1. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad - without this man there would have been no Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali, Naim Akbar, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad...
2. The Honorable Louis Farrakhan-Never receives the love, or credit due to him. This man has worked tirelessly for our community for over a half century. The Hip Hop world has raised his name, however, the main stream black still refuses to give him his propers, well until they are being assaulted by the mnedia, and then they come a runnin....
3. Nat Turner-Very few historians tell the story of Nat Turner accurately. His forces were organized in their struggle.he led a small army of blacks. If not for strange luck, the entire south may have fallen to this black messiah. There are many who argue that it was Nat Turner and his movement which led whites to the conclusion that the form of slavery would have to change...
4. Imhotep-The Multi genius whose writings are responsible for the foundation of this worlds knowledge.
5.Tarik the Moor-This Moorish General led the North African into Spain and conquered, leading to the establishment of one of the greatest African centered empires in the world's history which also led to the Rennaisance in Europe.
6. Toussaint LeOverture-Powerful black general leading the people of haiti in revolution. Toussaint led what has been described as the greatest slave rebellion in history. Toussaint was a military genius deomstrated in his victories over the British armies and the Spanish.
7. Hannibal-Another african genius...His war tactics are still the subject of study in war colleges.
8. Benjamin Banneker-A very special scientist....Benjamin Banneker is the architect who designed Washington DC...He was not formally trained, however, he was...His secret will be revealed in the years to come...He was a scientist.
9. Queen Nzingha-The brilliant strategist whi fought European slavery in Africa. Nzingha was not only a tactician, she was a political leader. Her fight against the Portugese will forever be remembered.
10. Martin Luther King Jr.-Not much needs to be said. Dr. King helped shape the age.
Of course there are others worthy of mention...However, these are at the top of my list...Not necessarily in the above order however...
1. Sojourner Truth 2. Frederick Douglass 3. Thurgood Marshall 4. Harriet Tubman 5. Madame CJ Walker 6. Paul Robeson 7. Ida B. Wells 8. Fannie Lou Hamer 9. Charles Hamilton Houston 10. Benjamin Banneker
1. El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X to the mainstream media) & Menelik I 2. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Menelik II 3. Frederick Douglass & Sojourner Truth 4. Huey P. Newton 5. Frantz Fanon 6. Patrice Lumumba & Queen Nzingah 7. Kwame Nkrumah & Queen Mekeba, Queen of Sheba 8. Mary McLeod Bethune 9. Ida B. Wells 10. Harriet Tubman 11. W.E.B. DuBois & Chaka Zulu 12. Paul Robeson 13. Crispus Attucks 14. Fannie Lou Hamer & Hannibal 15. Ralph Abernathy 16. Richard Pryor 17. Marcus Garvey 18. Ralph Bunche 19. Thurgood Marshall 20. Shirley Chisholm