10 Extraordinary Black Pioneers Who Have Received a Nobel Prize


Sir William Arthur Lewis (Jan. 23, 1915 – June 15, 1991)

Lewis is the only Black person to have won the Nobel Prize in Economics. He is known for his Lewis model and the theory of economic growth. Lewis was awarded the prize in 1979.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

King became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. King is remembered for many things, including the March on Washington, Selma marches and Montgomery bus boycott. He was an advocate of nonviolence and civil disobedience. In October 1964, he was awarded the prize.