Although Black Americans make up about only 13% of the U.S. population, their contributions and impact in the country and around the world far surpasses their number, and is evident of a long lineage of resilience and excellence, especially over a traumatic slave past. In a U.S. based poll of the most admired people in the world, 25% of the people Americans say they admire the most are Black. The listees – from politics, media, education, and entertainment – are all exemplary and proof of the power of willpower, tenacity, and vision. Check out the list to see if your favorites made the list.
1. Former U.S. President Barack Obama is the most admired person anywhere in the world – for the 10th year in a row.
2. Former U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, is the 2nd most admired woman on the list, following 2016 U.S. presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton.
3. Oprah Winfrey; the media mogul and actress is set to star in the science fantasy adventure film, A Wrinkle In Time this year.
4. Condoleezza Rice; political scientist, diplomat, and the first black woman to serve as the nation’s Secretary of State, now works as a professor of political science at Stanford University.
5. Beyonce Knowles, the 20 time Grammy winner, is set to headline one of this year’s biggest music festivals, Coachella.