Sidney Poitier, first African-American actor to receive the Academy Award for best actor, born in Miami while parents visited from 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.