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Famous Activists / Civil Rights Leaders

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

American activist and minister
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks (1913 - 2005)

American activist
Malcolm X

Malcolm X (1925 - 1965)

American civil rights activist
Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin (60)

American activist
Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

American activist and author
Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg (19)

Swedish environmental activist
Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky (93)

American linguist and philosopher
Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh (1907 - 1931)

Indian activist
Jazz Jennings

Jazz Jennings (21)

American activist
Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai (24)

Pakistani activist
W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 - 1963)

American sociologist, historian, and activist
Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King (1927 - 2006)

American civil rights activist, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers (1925 - 1963)

African-American civil rights activist
Kaitlin Bennett

Kaitlin Bennett (26)

American activist
Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson (80)

American baptist minister, politician and activist
Angela Davis

Angela Davis (78)

American activist and author
Jack Kevorkian

Jack Kevorkian (1928 - 2011)

American pathologist
Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906)

American activist
Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu (1931 - 2021)

South African activist and Anglican bishop
Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger (1879 - 1966)

American activist and sex educator
Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges (67)

American activist
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden (38)

American activist, journalist, and whistleblower 
Jane Addams

Jane Addams (1860 - 1935)

American activist and social worker
Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton (67)

American minister, talk show host, and activist
Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells (1862 - 1931)

American civil rights activist
Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman (69)

American free software activist and computer programmer
Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi (72)

Indian police officer and activist
Patch Adams

Patch Adams (76)

American physician, activist, diplomat, and author, founded the Gesundheit! Institute
Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III (64)

American activist and son of Martin Luther King Jr.
Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940)

Lithuanian-American activist and writer
Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling (1901 - 1994)

American chemist and activist
Huey P. Newton

Huey P. Newton (1942 - 1989)

American activist, co-founded the Black Panther Party
Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael (1941 - 1998)

Trinidadian-American activist
Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 - 2022)

Vietnamese monk, author, and poet
Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart (34)

American activist
Rajiv Dixit

Rajiv Dixit (1967 - 2010)

Indian activist
James Meredith

James Meredith (88)

American civil rights activist and writer
Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown (1867 - 1932)

American philanthropist and Titanic survivor
Korey Wise

Korey Wise (49)

American political activist
James Brady

James Brady (1940 - 2014)

American activist, 15th White House Press Secretary
Salva Dut

Salva Dut (47)

Sudanese activist
Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel (1917 - 2013)

French diplomat and activist
Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (1922 - 2010)

American historian and activist
Smedley Butler

Smedley Butler (1881 - 1940)

American marine general
Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier (77)

American activist
Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig (60)

American academic and political activist
John Walsh

John Walsh (76)

American television host
Rudolf Virchow

Rudolf Virchow (1821 - 1902)

German physician, biologist, and politician
Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin (1912 - 1987)

American civil rights activist
Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1919 - 1995)

American activist, founder of the organization American Atheists