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10 famous black Republicans [SLIDESHOW]

Although an early 2013 Gallup poll revealed that well over half of blacks in America identify politically as Democrats, not every African-American feels that way.

In fact, the Republican Party was founded in the mid-1800s by anti-slavery activists. However, the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century propelled much of the black conservative assemblage to the left-wing side of the political spectrum.

Here are 10 famous black Republicans, from Zora Neale Hurston to The Rock.

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  • Condoleeza Rice, who served as the second female Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009, has described herself as a moderate Republican, and was rumored to be a prospect for Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Although rapper LL Cool J has never formally stated his political party, he attended the 2004 Republican National Convention, and was a vocal supporter of Republican George Pataki’s triumphant 2002 New York gubernatorial election. (Photo: Reuters)
  • Comedian and current "The Talk" panelist Sheryl Underwood once referred to herself as a “sexually progressive, God-fearing, black Republican.” (Photo:
  • One of the world’s most renowned authors and folklorists Zora Neale Hurston was a member of the Republican Party and vocal supporter of Booker T. Washington’s politics. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Though he’s called himself a “realist independent,” Jimmie Walker of "Good Times" fame said in 2012 that he did not vote for President Obama in 2008, nor would he vote for him in the 2012 election. (Photo: Getty)
  • Justice Clarence Thomas was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by former President George H.W. Bush and confirmed in 1991. The second African-American to serve in the Court, he is known for his conservative views. (Photo:
  • Retired basketball player Karl Malone—widely regarded as one of the NBA’s all-time greatest power forwards—has served on the Board of Directors for the NRA, and has donated to several Republican campaigns. (Photo:
  • Colin Powell has served as Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Security Advisor. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • You know him as Denise’s husband from "The Cosby Show," but in real life, actor Joseph C. Phillips served as the National Co-Chair of the African-American Steering Committee for former President Bush’s campaign in 2004. He was also named a member of the Republican National Committee’s African-American Advisory Board. (Photo:
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a registered Republican and spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)