African-American Catholics

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  1. Gabrielle Union

    Gabrielle Union


    Gabrielle Monique Union Wade (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress. Among her notable roles is her performance as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring It On, (2000). In 2000, she played a medical doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels. In 2003, Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the hit film Bad Boys II. Also in 2003, she starred with LL Cool J in Deliver Us from Eva. In 2008, she was featured in the film Cadillac Records with Adrien Brody, Beyoncé Knowles and Jeffrey Wright. In 2012, Union was featured in an ensemble cast of the film version of Think Like a Man.

  2. Aaron Neville

    Aaron Neville


    Aaron Neville (born January 24, 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States) is an American R&B singer and musician. He has had four Platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to #1 on Billboard's Adult contemporary chart. His debut single, from 1966, was #1 on the Soul chart for five weeks.

  3. Minnie Riperton

    Minnie Riperton


    Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979), known professionally as Minnie Riperton, was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You". She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979. They had two children: music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph.

  4. Clarence Gilyard Jr.

    Clarence Gilyard Jr.


    Clarence Alfred Gilyard, Jr. (born December 24, 1955) is an American actor and a current college professor who has been featured in movies and television since 1980. He is sometimes credited as Clarence A. Gilyard. He is also an author.

  5. Ethel Waters

    Ethel Waters


    Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues.

  6. Alan Keyes

    Alan Keyes


    Alan Lee Keyes (born August 7, 1950) is an American conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office. A doctoral graduate of Harvard University, Keyes began his diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service in 1979 at the United States consulate in Bombay, India, and later in the American embassy in Zimbabwe.

  7. Michael Steele

    Michael Steele


    Michael Stephen Steele (born October 19, 1958) is an American politician and MSNBC political analyst as of May 2011. Steele served as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2009 until January 2011. From 2003 to 2007, he was the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland. During his time as Lieutenant Governor, he chaired the Minority Business Enterprise taskforce, actively promoting an expansion of affirmative action in the corporate world.

  8. Scott Joplin

    Scott Joplin


    Scott Joplin (ˈɒplɪn; c. 1867/1868 – April 1, 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime Writers". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag.

  9. Mary Lou Williams

    Mary Lou Williams


    Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs; May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for such bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.

  10. Clarence Thomas

    Clarence Thomas


    Clarence Thomas (born June 23, 1948) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Succeeding Thurgood Marshall, Thomas is the second African American to serve on the Court.

  11. Henry "Red" Allen

    Henry "Red" Allen


    Henry James "Red" Allen (January 7, 1906 – April 17, 1967) was a jazz trumpeter and vocalist whose style has been claimed to be the first to fully incorporate the innovations of Louis Armstrong.

  12. Thea Bowman

    Thea Bowman


    Sister Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A. (December 29, 1937 – March 30, 1990), was a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and Servant of God, teacher, and scholar, who made a major contribution to the ministry of the Catholic Church to her fellow African Americans. She became an evangelist among her people and was a popular speaker on faith and spirituality in her final years. She helped found the National Black Sisters Conference to provide support for African-American women in Catholic religious institutes.

  13. Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins


    Kendrick La'Dale Perkins (born November 10, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Perkins has also previously played for the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers.

  14. John Thompson

    John Thompson


    John Robert Thompson, Jr. (born September 2, 1941) is an American former college basketball coach for the Georgetown Hoyas. He is now a professional radio and TV sports commentator. In 1984, he became the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship when Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing, defeated the University of Houston 84–75.

  15. Charles B. Rangel

    Charles B. Rangel


    Charles Bernard "Charlie" Rangel (/ˈræŋɡəl/; born June 11, 1930) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, he is the second-longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives, serving continuously since 1971. As its most senior member, he is also the Dean of New York's congressional delegation. Rangel was the first African-American Chair of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. He is also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

  16. Emerson John Moore

    Emerson John Moore


    Emerson John Moore (May 16, 1938—September 14, 1995) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. An auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York (1982-95), he was the first African American to serve as a Catholic bishop in New York.

  17. William Lacy Clay, Jr.

    William Lacy Clay, Jr.


    William Lacy Clay, Jr. (born July 27, 1956), usually known as Lacy Clay, is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 1st congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

  18. Red Allen

    Red Allen


  19. Darrell Miller

    Darrell Miller


    Darrell Keith Miller (born February 26, 1958 in Washington, D.C.) is a former Major League Baseball catcher/outfielder, playing from 1984 through 1988. Before being drafted to the major leagues, he played three seasons at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. He played his entire career for the California Angels, the team that drafted him in the 9th round of the 1979 amateur draft. He played in 224 career major league games, batting .241 with 13 doubles, 8 home runs, and 35 runs batted in, in 394 at-bats. As a member of the team in 1986, the Angels advanced to American League Championship Series, losing to the Boston Red Sox.

  20. Lena Frances Edwards

    Lena Frances Edwards


    Lena Frances Edwards (September 17, 1900 – December 3, 1986) was a New Jersey physician who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  21. Shelton Fabre

    Shelton Fabre


    Shelton Joseph Fabre is the bishop the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in the state of Louisiana in the United States of America. He is a native of Louisiana, having been born in New Roads on 25 October 1963. Bishop Fabre is the second-youngest Catholic bishop in the United States.

  22. Marie St. Fleur

    Marie St. Fleur


    Marie P. St. Fleur (born May 4, 1962 in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, Haiti) is a former Massachusetts State Representative who represented the Fifth Suffolk district from 1999-2011. Her district consisted of parts of the Boston neighborhoods Dorchester and Roxbury. She is the first Haitian-American to hold public office in Massachusetts. Representative St. Fleur was one of the most active supporters of John Kerry's presidential bid, often traveling to Florida to do outreach on his behalf. Representative St. Fleur was appointed Vice-Chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee by House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, a leadership position that has tremendous influence in the budget process. On January 30, 2006 Thomas F. Reilly, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, selected St. Fleur as his running mate. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately through the primary, then are joined as a single ticket for the election. The following day she withdrew after The Boston Globe reported that she was delinquent in tax debts and owed over $40,000 in student loans.

  23. Sidney Barthelemy

    Sidney Barthelemy


    Sidney John Barthelemy (born March 17, 1942) is a former American political figure. The second African American to hold the New Orleans Mayoral chair, he was a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1974 to 1978 and a member at-large of the New Orleans City Council from 1978 to 1986. He served as Democratic mayor of New Orleans from 1986 to 1994.

  24. John Stroger

    John Stroger


    John H. Stroger, Jr. (May 19, 1929 – January 18, 2008) was an American politician who served from 1994 until 2006 as the first African-American president of the Cook County, Illinois Board of Commissioners. Stroger was a member of the Democratic Party. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and from 1992 to 1993 served as president of the National Association of Counties. Cook County's Stroger Hospital was renamed in his honor.

  25. Pierre Toussaint

    Pierre Toussaint


    The Venerable Pierre Toussaint (27 June 1766 – June 30 1853) was a former slave from the French colony of Saint-Domingue who was brought to New York City by his owners in 1787. There he eventually gained his freedom and became a noted philanthropist to the poor of the city. Freed in 1807 after the death of his mistress, Pierre took the surname of "Toussaint" in honor of the hero of the Haitian Revolution which established that nation.

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