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This is a list of notable and distinguished African American Innovators and Leaders, who have contributed significantly to our world, and changed our society for the betterment of mankind. Most importantly, these African American innovators were the first leaders to bring about the advancements in their respective fields of knowledge and expertise. This list is therefore created, in the African American History Month of February 2011, to pay our respects and tribute to the great service of these Innovators & Leaders to our society and today's modern world.

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Barack Obama age 55

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Alain LeRoy Locke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Alain LeRoy Locke Died at 68 (1886-1954)

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Died at 64 (1908-1972)

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Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Alicia Keys age 36

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Bill Cosby age 79

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Halle Berry age 50

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders

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Andrew Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Andrew Young age 83

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Bessie Coleman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Bessie Coleman Died at 34 (1892-1926)

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Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Arthur Ashe Died at 50 (1943-1993)

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Alexander Twilight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Alexander Twilight Died at 62 (1795-1857)

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Althea Gibson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Althea Gibson Died at 76 (1927-2003)

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Alexander Crummell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Alexander Crummell Died at 79 (1819-1898)

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Booker T. Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Booker T. Washington Died at 59 (1856-1915)

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Charles Gordone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Charles Gordone Died at 70 (1925-1995)

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Clara Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Clara Brown Died at 85 (1800-1885)

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Carl Stokes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Carl Stokes Died at 69 (1927-1996)

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Charles Hamilton Houston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Charles Hamilton Houston Died at 55 (1895-1950)

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Charles R. Drew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Charles R. Drew Died at 46 (1904-1950)

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Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. Died at 93 (1877-1970)

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Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Rosa Parks Died at 92 (1913-2005)

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Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Colin Powell age 80

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Count Basie Died at 80 (1904-1984)

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Daniel Alexander Payne Murray is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Daniel Alexander Payne Murray Died at 73 (1852-1925)

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Daniel Hale Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Daniel Hale Williams Died at 75 (1856-1931)

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David Crosthwait is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
David Crosthwait Died at 78 (1898-1976)

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Debi Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Debi Thomas age 48

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Deval Patrick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Deval Patrick age 60

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Diana Ross Died at 90 (1910-2000)

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Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Dorothy Dandridge Died at 43 (1922-1965)

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Ebenezer Bassett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Ebenezer Bassett Died at 75 (1833-1908)

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders

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George Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
George Gibbs Died at 58 (1815-1873)

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George Poage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
George Poage Died at 82 (1880-1962)

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Gordon Parks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Gordon Parks Died at 94 (1912-2006)

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Granville Woods is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Granville Woods Died at 54 (1856-1910)

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Guion Bluford is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Guion Bluford age 74

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Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders

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Gwendolyn Brooks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Gwendolyn Brooks Died at 83 (1917-2000)

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Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders

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Harriet Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders

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Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Hattie McDaniel Died at 57 (1895-1952)

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Hill Harper is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Hill Harper age 49

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Hiram Rhodes Revels is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Hiram Rhodes Revels Died at 74 (1827-1901)

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Ida B. Wells is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Ida B. Wells Died at 69 (1862-1931)

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Jack Johnson age 41

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Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Jackie Robinson Died at 53 (1919-1972)

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Jaden Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
Jaden Smith age 18

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James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Distinguished African-American Innovative Leaders
James Baldwin Died at 63 (1924-1987)