10 Extraordinary Black Pioneers Who Have Received a Nobel Prize


Wole Soyinka (born July 13, 1934)

Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. He is an acclaimed professor who taught at Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Cornell and Emory. Soyinka is the first African to earn a Nobel Prize in Literature.


Desmond Tutu (born Oct. 7, 1931)

Tutu is an Anglican bishop and activist who fought against apartheid. Some of the issues he stood for include an HIV/AIDS cure and the end of racism, sexism and homophobia. In 1984, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid in South Africa.

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