As the Gateway City, St. Louis has a rich culture and heritage which has been shared the world over. This has been made possible by the many famous African American St. Louisans, who have triumphed on screen, stage, and more. Our wonderful city has created a powerhouse of talent that can be read in books (Maya Angelou), on television (This Is Us’ Sterling Brown), music history (Chuck Berry), sports (Jackie Joyner Kersee), and many more.
As residents of this illustrious city, we sometimes take for granted all of the talent that has come by way of our roots. But there is no mistake that some of the world’s most talented individuals have come by way of the city located near the Mighty Mississippi River.
For Black History Month, we are sharing a list of Famous African American St. Louisans who helped to pave the way for others:
Cool Papa Bell
Cedric the Entertainer
Billy Davis Jr
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Kimora Lee Simmons
Join us in celebrating our rather extensive list of some of the world’s best and brightest people of color. We salute them during Black History Month, and all year long.