This is an effort to compile a database of Black American Humanist, living
and deceased. Please feel free to add to this yet to be completed list.
Name DOB Occupation/Hometown
Frederick Douglas
1817 - 1895
Feb
Abolitionist/Orator
W.E.B. DuBois
1868 - 1963
FEB 23 - AUG
Scholar/Activist
Carter G. Woodson
1876 - 1950
DEC 19
Historian/Educator
Joel A. Rogers
1880 - 1966
SEP 6
Anthropologist
Claude McKay
1890 - 1948
SEP 15
Poet
Melvin B. Tolson
1898 - 1966
FEB 6 AUG 29
Poet/Writer
Langston Hughes
1902 - 1967
FEB 1 MAY 22
Poet/Author
Zora Neale Hurston
1891 - 1960
JAN 7
Anthropologist/Author
Alain Locke
1886 - 1954
SEP 13 JUNE 10
Philosopher/Author
A. Philip Randolph
1889 1979
APR 15 MAY 16
Labor Statesman/Activist
Alex Palmer Haley
1921 1992
Author/Writer
James Weldon Johnson
1871 - 1938
Diplomat/Poet
Thelma (Butterfly) McQueen
1971 - 1995
Actress
Huey P. Newton
1942 - 1989
Political Activist/Humanist
Kwame Nkrumah
1909 - 1972
Head of State
George Padamore
1901 - 1959
Pan-Africanist
Jacques Romain
1907 - 1944
Novelist/Diplomat
Dr. Bobby E. Wright
1934 - 1989
Psychologist
Dorothy West
1909 - 1998
Writer/Humanist
Bruce Wright
1918 - 2005
Jurist/Poet
H. Hubert Harrison
1883 - 1927
Free Thought Orator
Whitney M. Young
1921 - 1971
Human Rights Statesman
Jesse Owens
1913 1970
Goodwill Ambassador/Athlete
Chandler Owen
No info
Activist/Writer
John Jackson
1883 - 1927
Historian/Lecturer
Paul Robeson
1883 - 1927
Actor/Activist
Richard Wright
1883 - 1927
Naturalist/Author
Sterling Brown
1901 - 1989
MAY 1 - JAN 13
Poet
Lucy Parsons
1853 - 1942
MAR 16 - MAR 7
Anarcist/Activist
Lorraine Hansberry
1930 1965
MAY 19 - JAN 12
Play Wright
Gwendolyn Brooks
1917-2000
JUN 7 JUN 30
Poet
George Schuyler
No info
Columnist
Arturo Schomburgh
1874 1938
JAN 24 - JUN 30
Bibliographer
John H. Clarke
1915 - 1998
JAN 1 - JUL 16
Historian
Ralph Bunche
1904 - 1971
AUG 7
Statesman
James Farmer
1920 - 1999
JAN 20 - JUL 9
Human Rights Activist
Daniel Hale Williams
1856 1931
JAN 18 - AUG 4
Physician
J. Saunders Redding
1906 1988
OCT 12 - MAR 2
Educator/Author
Edgar Ethelred Brown
1924 1987
AUG 22 - NOV 30
Author
James Baldwin
1924 1987
AUG 22 - NOV 30
Author
Chauncey Bell
1901 1993
Entrepreneur/Atheist
William Waring Cuney
1906 1976
MAY 6 - JUN 30
Writer
Frank Crosswaith
1892 1965
MAY 13 - JUN 17
Political Activist/Journalist
Elridge LeRoy Cleaver
1935 1998
MAY 1
Political Activist
W.A. Domingo
No info
Writer
Frank Marshall Davis
1905 1987
DEC 31
Poet/Journalist
James Forman
1931 2005
OCT 28
Human Rights/Activist
Frantz Fanon
1925 1961
Psychoanalyst/Philosopher
Freda Amakye Ansah

Rationalist
Accra, Ghana
Martin G. Bernal

Professor
Michel Fabre

Scholar
Paris
Charles W. Faulkner

Columnist
Washington D.C.
Leonard Harris

Philosopher
Norman Hill

Human Rights Activist
New York City
David H. Pitney

Lecturer
Mike McBryde

Actor/Artist
Pittsburgh, PA
Nkeyonye Otakpor

Philosopher
Benin, Nigeria
Ivan Van Sertima

Journalist
Franz Vanderpuye

Rationalist
Accra, Ghana
Kwasi Wiredu

Philosopher
Anthony Burnside

Magician
Kansis City, MI
Carolyn M. Dejoie

Humanist
Chaka Ferguson

Journalist
Irvington, NJ
Gladman C. Humbles

Fire-fighter
Paducah, KY
Leo Igwe

Humanist
Nigeria
Alfred T. Kisubi

Poet/Philosopher
Micah Lamptey

Rationalist
Accra, Ghana
Dominic I. Ogbonna

Philosopher/Humanist
Nigeria
Keenya H. Oliver


Glen Ellyn, IL
Anthony B. Pinn

Professor
St. Paul, Minnesota
David S. Summers

Writer/Physician
Erie, Pennslyvania
Ranjini L. Thaver

Professor/Economist
DeLand, Florida
Igwe Ucheakolam

Activist
Ibadan, Nigeria
Kenyatta Yamel

Activist
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gebregeorgis Yohannes

Activist
Ethiopia
Kelly Abbey

Athiest
New York
David Allen

Writer
Washington D.C.
James Andrews

Professor
Florida
Brenda Anthony

Rapper/Humanist
Saundra Brown Asante

Unitarian
Washington D.C.
Niitse Akufo Awnku Ado-Dwanka

Rationalist/Nuclear Physicist
Richard B. Boddie

Free-thinker
Southern California
Herb Brown

Civil Rights/Human Rights Activist
Ohio
Dr. Josef ben-Jochannan

Scholar
Eugene Charrington

Athiest
Ssekitooleko Deogratias

Humanitarian
Uganda
Cheikh Anta Diop
1923 - 1986
Historian/Humanist
Emanuel dos Santos

Free-thinker
Angela Yvonne Davis

Activist/Poet
Rothchild Francis

Editor
Gregory Gross

Athiest
Ken Hamblin


Walter Everette Hawkins
1915 -
Poet
Makeda Judkins

Humanist
Alfred Kisubi

Professor
Nu Otto Kwame II

Rationalist
Monica G. Moorehead

Militant Unionist
Edgar Marese-Smith

Secularist