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Top 50 Inspirational People





Hello and welcome to my top 50 inspirational people. This article is my dedication to the people who have made the biggest impact in my life.

Everyone is different I don't necessarily expect you to agree with some of the people but my hope is that you might find some people you did not know existed and be inspired.

One of the easiest ways to succeed is by copying what someone else has done. For those that have Wikipedia pages or personal official websites I will provide a link for your information and for the others I will look for other online sources. The list is not in any order of preference. Sit back and enjoy the ride

1) Helen Keller June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968 Became Deaf and Blind at 19 months old, Activist and Author <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller</a>

2) Harriet Tubman 1820 - 10 March 1913 African American humanitarian, abolitionist, spy for the union during the Civil War <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Tubman" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Tubman</a>

3) Leonardo Davinci April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519 Scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. A jack of all trades. <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_Davinci" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_Davinci</a>

4) Madame CJ Walker December 23, 1867 - May 25, 1919 Hair Care Entrepreneur, Philanthropist <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madame_C._J._Walker" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madame_C._J._Walker</a>

5) Sekai Holland Zimbabwean Human rights activist <a href="https://http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/bashed-but-unbeaten-seka" target="_blank">http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/bashed-but-unbeaten-seka</a> i-holland-refused-to-cry/2007/03/23/1174597885848.html <a href="https://http://www.anarkismo.net/article/5127" target="_blank">http://www.anarkismo.net/article/5127</a>

6) Warren buffett Born August 30, 1930 American investor, businessman, philanthropist <a href="https://http://www.warrenbuffett.com/" target="_blank">http://www.warrenbuffett.com/</a>

7) Marie curie 7 November 1867 - 4 July 1934 Physicist And Chemist Pioneer in the field of Radioactivity Winner of two Nobel peace prizes <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie</a>

8) Harvey milk May 22, 1930 - November 27, 1978 First Openly Gay Person to Be Elected in A public Office <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk</a>

9) Mbuya Nehanda c1840-1898 Spirit Medium of the zezuru people Inspired a revolt against the British colonial power <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehanda_Nyakasikana" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehanda_Nyakasikana</a>

10) Paul Williams Champion Of Sierra Leon's Poorest Children <a href="https://http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/2008/" target="_blank">http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/2008/</a> 07/200872065058846193.html

11) Gemma Sisia Founder of the school of St Jude In Tanzania Africa for the poor smart kids. <a href="https://http://www.schoolofstjude.co.tz/" target="_blank">http://www.schoolofstjude.co.tz/</a>

12) Joan Of Arc c. 1412' 30 May 1431 Amazing woman led the French army through many significant victories against Britain. Catholic Saint <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc</a>

13) Oprah Winfrey born January 29, 1954 Media Mogul, Philanthropist <a href="https://http://www.oprah.com/" target="_blank">www.oprah.com/</a>

14) Malcolm X May 19, 1925 - February 21, 1965 Human rights activist <a href="https://http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/about/bio.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/about/bio.htm</a>

15) Abigail Adams November 11, 1744 - October 28, 1818 Wife of John Adams second president of America known for being the right hand man of her husband by giving him advice on his career. As a couple they were known to write lots of letters to each other with deep intellectual discussions. <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail_Adams" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail_Adams</a>

16) Sojourner truth 1797'November 26, 1883 Abolitionist and Women's rights activist <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth</a>

17) Mother Theresa August 26, 1910 - September 5, 1997 Roman Catholic nun ministered to the poor, orphaned, sick and dying for 45 years <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Theresa" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Theresa</a>

18) Josephine Bakhita 1869 - February 8, 1947 Catholic Saint <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Bakhita" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Bakhita</a>

19) Maya Angelou Born April 4, 1928 American poet, playwright, memoirist, actress, author, producer Civil rights activist <a href="https://http://www.mayaangelou.com/" target="_blank">http://www.mayaangelou.com/</a>

20) Queen Latifah born March 18, 1970 American actress, singer <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Latifah" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Latifah</a>

21) Martin Luther king January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968 American Activist <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_king" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_king</a>

22) John Adams October 30, 1735 - July 4, 1826 2nd president of America. One Of the founding fathers of America. The only founding father who didn't own slaves <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams</a>

23) Andrew Carnegie 25 November 1835 - 11 August 1919 Scottish-born American industrialist, businessman, and a major philanthropist <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Carnegie" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Carnegie</a>

24) Rosa parks February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005 American civil rights activist <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_parks" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_parks</a>

25) Cynthia McKinney born March 17, 1955 2008 Green Party Presidential Nominee <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney</a>

26) Grace Kwinjeh Zimbabwean Activist <a href="https://http://www.nehandaradio.com/kwinjewoman120407.html" target="_blank">http://www.nehandaradio.com/kwinjewoman120407.html</a>

27) Josephine Baker June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975 American Entertainer <a href="https://http://www.cmgww.com/stars/baker/" target="_blank">http://www.cmgww.com/stars/baker/</a>

28) Frida July 6, 1907 - July 13, 1954 Mexican Painter <a href="https://http://www.fridakahlo.com/bio.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.fridakahlo.com/bio.shtml</a>

29) Thomas Edison February 11, 1847 - October 18, 1931 America Inventor, Businessman <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_edison" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_edison</a>

30) Miriam Makeba 4 March 1932 - 10 November 2008 South African Singer And Civil Rights Activist <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miriam_makeba" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miriam_makeba</a>

31) Albert Einstein March 1879 - 18 April 1955 German-born theoretical physicist. <a href="https://http://einstein.biz/" target="_blank">http://einstein.biz/</a>

32) Abraham Lincoln February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865 Sixteenth President of America, Helped end slavery <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln</a>

33) Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf born 29 October 1938 Liberian President <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson-Sirleaf" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson-Sirleaf</a>

34) Napoleon hill October 25, 1883'November 8, 1970 American Author In The Personal Success Genre <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napolean_Hill" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napolean_Hill</a>

35) Steve Pavlina American self-help author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur <a href="https://http://www.Stevepavlina.com" target="_blank">www.Stevepavlina.com</a>

36) Mahatma Gandhi 2 October 1869 - 30 January 1948 major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement <a href="https://http://www.mkgandhi.org/main.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mkgandhi.org/main.htm</a>

37) Nelson Mandela born 18 July 1918 first President of South Africa to be elected in a fully democratic election <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_mandela" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_mandela</a>

38) Che Guevara June 14 ,1928 - October 9, 1967 Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_Guavera" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che_Guavera</a>

39) Constance Briscoe British Barrister One Of The First Black Female Recorder Known For Her Personal Memoirs Ugly And Beyond Ugly <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_Briscoe" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_Briscoe</a>

40) David Simon born 1960 American author, journalist, and writer/producer of television series <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Simon" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Simon</a>

41) Cupcake Brown African American Wrote About Her Incredible Life Story in "A Piece Of Cake" <a href="https://http://www.cupcakebrown.com" target="_blank">http://www.cupcakebrown.com</a>

42) Edward burns Novelist, Television Writer <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Burns" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Burns</a>

43) Richard Branson born 18 July 1950 English industrialist Known For The Virgin Brand Of Companies <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Branson</a>

44) Anne Frank 12 June 1929 - early March 1945 Gained international fame after her death following the publication of her diary which documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_frank" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_frank</a>

45) 14TH Dalai Lama Born 6 July 1935 The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzin_Gyatso" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzin_Gyatso</a>

46) Amelia Earhart July 24, 1897 - missing July 2, 1937, declared dead January 5, 1939 Highly Regarded American aviation pioneer, and author. Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart</a>

47) Harriet Beecher Stowe June 14, 1811 - July 1, 1896 Abolitionist <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Beecher_Stowe" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Beecher_Stowe</a>

48) Henry Ford July 30, 1863 - April 7, 1947 Founder Of Ford Motor Company <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_ford" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_ford</a>

49) Stan Tookie Williams December 29, 1953 - December 13, 2005 Convicted Murderer Founding member of the Crepes gang and Nobel peace price nominee <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Tookie_Williams" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Tookie_Williams</a>

50) Booker T Washington April 5, 1856 - November 14, 1915 American educator, orator, author and leader of the African-American community <a href="https://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T_Washington" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_T_Washington</a>

I hope in this list you found the same inspiration I did and still do from these great human beings. This list is meant to give you somewhere to start researching into inspirational people. Wish you all the best in your life and future.


About Author Wadzanai Nenzou :

Wadzanai Nenzou Is An Internet Marketer Who Has Worked In The Finance Industry For A Number Of Years. She Is Addicted To The Topic Of Inspiration And Personal Development. For More Inspiration Go To Her Inspirational Quotes Website <a href="http://www.inspirational-quotes-change-lives.com" target="_blank">http://www.inspirational-quotes-change-lives.com</a>


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