Black Health Success

Notable Black Health Success Stories

NameDisabilityOccupation
Alice BeardDyslexiaAuthor
Alicia KeysDepressionPianist and Singer-Songwriter
Andrae CrouchDyslexiaSinger
Barbara JordanMultiple sclerosisLawyer, Educator, Politician, and Civil Rights Leader 
Blind Tom WigginsBlindA Music Prodigy, Pianist, and Musician
Brandon MarshallBorderline Personality DisorderFootball Player
Chadwick BosemanColon CancerActor and Playwright
Chris RockNon-Verbal Learning DisorderComedian, Actor, Television Producer, and Filmmaker
Christopher BellHIV/AIDSDisability Studies Scholar
Clarence PageADHDJournalist, Columnist
Claudia GordonDeafAttorney
Curtis PrideDeafFormer Baseball Player
Danielle PerezAmputeeComedian, Writer, and Actress
Danny GloverEpilepsy and DyslexiaActor, Producer, and Humanitarian
David PatersonLegally blindGovernor
Daymond JohnDyslexiaBusinessman, Investor, TV Personality, and Author
Diana Elizabeth JordanCerebral palsyActor, Producer, Director, Speaker-Storyteller, Educator, and Activist
DMXBipolar Disorder and “Drug Addiction”Rapper and Songwriter
Dr. Janice BrunstromCerebral PalsyNeuroscientist and Poet
Dr. Maya AngelouChildhood Selective MutismPoet, Memoirist, and Activist
Dr. Nathie MarburyDeafInstructor, Linguist, and Researcher
Dwayne JohnsonDepressionActor and Wrestler
Earvin ‘Magic’ JohnsonADHD and DyslexiaFormer Player and President of Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers
Fannie Lou HamerPermanent LimpActivist, Community Organizer, and Civil Rights Leader
Haben GirmaDeaf-BlindActivist, Lawyer, Author, and Speaker
Halle BerryType I Diabetes and Hard of HearingActor and Model
Harriet TubmanSuspected EpilepsyAbolitionist and Political Activist
Harry BelafonteDyslexia and ADHDActivist, Actor, Lyricist, and Singer
Janet JacksonDepressionSinger, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer, and Record Producer
Jennifer LewisBipolar DisorderActress, Comedian, Singer, and Activist
Jerry PinkneyDyslexiaIllustrator and Writer
Johnnie LacyPolio leading to wheelchairActivist
Kanye WestBipolar DisorderRapper, Fashion Designer, and Entrepreneur
Keah BrownCerebral PalsyDisability Rights Activist, Author, Journalist, and Writer
Keisha GreavesLimb-Girdle Muscular DystrophyFashion Designer, Podcaster, and Influencer
Kid CudiDepression and AnxietySinger, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor, and Record Executive
Lauren RidloffDeafActor
Lisa Nicole CarsonBipolar DisorderActor
Lois CurtisIntellectual DisabilityArtist and Activist
Lolo SpencerAmyotrophic Lateral SclerosisActor and Style Influencer
Maya AngelouChildhood Mutism and Reflex Sympathetic DystrophyPoet, Memoirist, and Activist
Michael JordanADHDBusinessman and Former Basketball Player
Michelle BanksSpinal Meningitis and DeafActor, Writer, Director, Producer, Choreography, and Teacher
Michelle WilliamsDepressionSinger and Actor
Missy ElliottGraves DiseaseSinger, Rapper, Producer, and Songwriter
Montel WilliamsMultiple SclerosisFormer Television Host, Actor, and Motivational Speaker
Muhammad AliDyslexiaBoxer, Activist, and Philanthropist
Octavia ButlerDyslexiaAuthor
Octavia SpencerDyslexiaActress, Author, and Producer
Ray CharlesBlindSinger, Songwriter, Pianist, and Composer
Sammy Davis Jr.Low VisionSinger, Dancer, Actor, Vaudevillian, Comedian, and Photographer
Serena WilliamsPulmonary Embolism and HematomaTennis Champion with 23 Grand Slam Titles
Simone BilesADHDMost Decorated Gymnast of All Time
Solange KnowlesADHDSinger, Songwriter, Record Producer, Performance Artist, and Actress
Stevie WonderBlind and ADHDSinger, Songwriter, Musician, and Record Producer
Tatiana LeeSpina BifidaActress, Model, and Influencer
Toni BraxtonSystemic Lupus ErythematosusSinger, Songwriter, Pianist, Actor, and TV Personality
Vanessa A. Harris, P.E.Bipolar, Wheelchair User, and Cancer survivorActivist, Engineer, Filmmaker, Fashion Designer, and Deejay
Venus WilliamsSjögren’s SyndromeTennis Champion
Wayne BradyDepressionActor, Singer, Comedian, Game Show Host, and TV Personality
Whoopi GoldbergDyslexia and ADHDWon an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony Award
Will SmithADHDActor, Comedian, Producer, Rapper, and Songwriter
Wilma RudolphPolio and Subsequent Leg WeaknessSprinter, Activist, and Teacher
Yvie OddlyEhlers DanlosDrag Queen, Performer, Fashion Designer, Rapper, and Recording Artist
Zazel O’GarraBrain Tumor SurvivorDancer, Choreographer, Actress, and Model