Sidney Poitier, first African-American actor to receive the Academy Award for best actor, born in Miami while parents visited from Bahamas.
James Weldon Johnson, Harlem Renaissance poet and author of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, father born in the Bahamas.
Shirley Chisholm, first African-American congresswoman and the first black woman to run for president, parents from Barbados and British Guiana.
Marion Jones, track and field Olympic gold medallist, parents from Belize.
Juan Carlos Finlay, discovered Yellow Fever was transmitted by the Stegomyia aegypti mosquito, born in Cuba.
Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer, born in the Dominican Republic.
Malcolm X, late Nation of Islam spokesman, mother from Grenada.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, founder of Chicago, born in Haiti.
Harry Belafonte, Calypso artist and civil rights activist, parents from Jamaica and Martinique.
Marcus Garvey, black nationalist leader, born in Jamaica.
Colin Powell, first black U.S Secretary of State, parents born in Jamaica.
John Russwurm, first black editor of a U.S. newspaper and one of the first three blacks to graduate from a U.S. college, born in Jamaica.
Antonia Novello, first female U.S. Surgeon General, born in Puerto Rico.
ST. KITTS & NEVIS
Constance Baker Motley, first black woman appointed to the federal bench, parents from Nevis.
Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, born in Nevis.
Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, mother from St. Kitts.
Stokley Carmichael, black power activist, born in Trinidad.
Kelsey Grammer, Emmy-winning actor on the sitcom Frasier, born on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Dr. William Thornton, physician and architect who designed the U.S. Capitol, born on Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.
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