African Americans have played a pivotal but often forgotten role in the history of Los Angeles. From the days of the pueblo, through the civil rights movement, to now, black Angelenos have broken barriers and pioneered a community where talent is not deterred by the color of one's skin.
Celebrating Black History Month, The Huffington Post presents journalists, musicians, city officials, architects, athletes and others who have changed our city for the better. Some are household names, others are much less known, but they all forged courageous paths through this diasporic city.
Please browse the selection of influential African American Angelenos below: