African Americans

Writers and artists, inventors and educators, scientists and singers are part of Tennessee’s rich African American heritage, including Pulitzer winner Alex Haley.

From the cries that sounded after Martin Luther Kings history changing I have a dream speech to cheers that follow notes belted out by Aretha Franklin, Tennessee has heard the sounds and felt the impact of some of the nations most prolific and revered African American figures. Listed below are some of Tennessees most notable.