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Ras Mekonnen would've easily found himself higher up the influence list had he not died too early. Emperor Menelik strongly favored him for the succession but he died even before Menelik. He was born into a well connected family. His father was a Shewa Oromo aristocrat with a rank of Dejazmach who changed his name to Wolde-Mikael after he was baptized. ...more--->http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46194=264695

It would be unfair to finish the top 10 influential people without mentioning the contribution of Ethiopian women. The tenth most influential and the most influential woman on the modern Ethiopia was Empress Taytu Betul. The empress descended from many famous dynasties and family lines. Her uncle was the famous Dejazmach Wube Haile-Mariam of Semien. ...read more-->http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46194=264695#p264695

Dejazmatch Gebre Selassie Prominent Tigrean nobleman, Governor of Adwa, and significant figure at the court of Emperor Menelik II. Dejazmatch Gebre Selassie was a leader of the group of noblemen who removed Empress Taitu Bitul from authority during the period after Emperor Menelik II became incapacitated and she began to assume personal power over all government decisions.

Ras Wolde Giorgis Aboye Ras Wolde Giorgis Aboye (later Nigus Wolde Giorgis, King of Gondar) was a grandson of King Sahle Selassie of Shewa and first cousin to Emperor Menelik II, and a first cousin once removed to both Empress Zewditu and Emperor Haile Selassie. He was one of Menelik's leading generals, who led several campaigns in the south and helped re-incorporate various regions back into the Ethiopian Empire.

The New Yorker's December 13, 2013 cover to honor Nelson Mandela, who died December 5, 2013 at 95.

Imhotep-Egypt World's first named architect who built Egypt's first pyramid, often recognized as the father of medicine, a priest,. scribe, sage, poet, astrologer, and a vizier and chief minister, though this role is unclear, to Djoser (reigned 2630–2611 BC), the second king of Egypt's third dynasty,

So beautiful. Williams and Walker were one of the few all-black acts allowed to perform on white vaudeville stages | The Vaudeville Actress Who Refused To Be A Stereotype

The Nanny & Her Charge. Those children would grow up to become owners of the women who took care of them during their infancy and childhood!!

This is Claudette Colvin, who refused to be treated like a substandard citizen on one of those Montgomery buses — and did it nine months before Mrs. Parks. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his political debut fighting her arrest.

While performing with the group, Aida met her future husband, prominent vaudeville performer George Walker.

African American boys who's stories have been left untold except for this touching photograph.

Ida B. Wells, one of the first reporters to write about lynching.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940),[1] was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).[2] He founded the Black Star Line, part of the Back-to-Africa movement, which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands.

Geronimo (1829-1909) was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. His Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English.

Mungo Man, discovered in 1974, was an early human inhabitant of the continent of Australia, who is believed to have lived between 68,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch. The remains are the oldest anatomically modern human remains found in Australia to date.

Diana Fletcher was a woman of African ancestry Black who lived with the Kiowa as one of them, no date or location

Aida Overton Walker, a vaudeville actress who performed alongside her husband George Walker and was considered one of the best black female dancers of her time.

Bamun Kingdom, Cameroon PRINCESS NGUTANE cradles her firstborn son, AMIDOU MOUNDE who was born in 1915

Moses the Black (330–405) Ethiopian thief and gang leader who underwent a conversion and become one of the most revered of the Desert Fathers, founders of monasticism. (August 28)

Toussaint Louverture (1743 – 1803) Leader of the Haitian independence movement during the French Revolution, who emancipated the slaves and briefly established Haiti as a black-governed French protectorate.

Henri Cartier Bresson -1961 Title: Tent City, Near Somerville, TennesseeTemporary living quarters for African- American sharecroppers who registered to vote and as a result were evicted by white landowners. This woman, fifty eight years old, had picked cotton on the same land since she was eight years old.