Muhammad Ali (Getty)

Muhammad Ali (Getty)

*We have had the pleasure of having an African American president recently for eight years, which has instilled in all of us a ray of hope, courage and inspiration that we can achieve whatever we want.

We can achieve great heights through perseverance, determination and courage. There are a number of African-American role models that have taught us that we can achieve our dreams by pursuing them wholeheartedly.

For all the young men out there who are looking for African-American role models, below are the ones you can count on for courage, inspiration and determination.

Former president Barack Obama speaks at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit on October 31, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Former president Barack Obama speaks at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit on October 31, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

1.      Barack Obama

This name will never go out from the list of black role models. The name is here to stay because of the achievements associated with it. The former and the first black president of the United States set the path for the future generations to follow. He led by example that nothing can come in your way if you decide to pursue your dreams wholeheartedly.

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Charles Hamilton Houston

2.      Charles Hamilton Houston

Known in the US as the “Man who Killed Jim Crow,” he was a major player when it came to the dismantling of the laws set forth by Jim Crow. He was a lawyer by profession and has played the role of inspiration for many young African-American lawyers.

Neil de Grasse Tyson

Neil de Grasse Tyson

3.      Neil deGrasse Tyson

A popular cosmologist and astrophysicist, he served as the 5th head of the Hayden Planetarium located in the New York City. He is a master in astronomy and is familiar with everything related to it, one way or the other. He is a role model for all the young black men and women out there who want to achieve academic excellence and make a mark in their field of study. He currently hosts a talk show on NatGeo by the name “Star Talk”

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Muhammad Ali

4.      Muhammed Ali

There was and is only one Muhammad Ali in the world and he was and is still an inspiration and a role model for all black people. He might not be perfect in everything, but he taught us all about how important it is to stand for what you believe in and don’t let it go no matter what. He is still hailed as one of the best boxers the world has ever produced.