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List of famous civil rights activists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

A civil rights activist is one who is actively or non-actively involved or participates in various rights of civil movements in a nation in order to facilitate equal opportunity to all the members in the society. A civil rights activist will campaign and work towards the protection and implementation of various civil rights like personal rights, entitlements, freedoms, civil liberties that a person is entitled to receive naturally by being a citizen of a particular nation. Some of the important civil rights include, right to equality, right to physical and mental integrity, protection from any kind of discrimination, rights to privacy among many other civil rights and liberties. A civil rights activist may be involved in various cases where there have been a breach of civil rights and , he /she may be involved in various kinds of campaigns, protests or demonstrations. Civil rights movement came into existence in the 1960’s, after the world witnessed a series of political movements. In 1966, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognized the concept of civil rights on a global level. Read on, for more information on the world’s famous civil rights activists, with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
A. Phillip Randolph A. Philip Randolph
(American)

A. Phillip Randolph was an African American civil ...

Abbie Hoffman Abbie Hoffman
(American)

Abbie Hoffman was an American political and ...

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
(American)

Adam Clayton Powell Junior was a well-known ...

Andrew Goodman Andrew Goodman
(American)

Andrew Goodman was an American civil rights ...

Angela Davis Angela Davis
(American)

Angela Yvonne Davis is considered to be a ...

Anna Julia Cooper Anna Julia Cooper
(American)

Anna Julia Cooper was an American educator, ...

Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan
(American)

Barbara Jordan had a lot of firsts in her career ...

Benjamin Banneker Benjamin Banneker
(American)

Benjamin Banneker was a man of many parts. He was ...

Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez
(American)

The story of Cesar Chavez, the Latino-American ...

Claudette Colvin Claudette Colvin
(American)

The first ever person arrested for protesting ...

Edith Dircksey Cowan Edith Cowan
(Australian)

Edith Dircksey Cowan (née Brown) was an ...

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(American)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a prominent 19th ...

Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
(American)

Frederick Douglass broke away from the shackles ...

Harvey Milk Harvey Milk
(American)

America’s first openly gay politician, Harvey ...

Hosea Williams Hosea Williams
(American)

Hosea Williams was an American civil rights ...

Ida B. Wells Ida B. Wells
(American)

An anti-lynching crusader, Ida B. Wells was an ...

James Baldwin James Baldwin
(American)

James Baldwin was an American writer and social ...

Jesse Jackson Jesse Jackson
(American)

One of the most fierce and outspoken political ...

Lena Horne Lena Horne
(American)

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was a woman of versatile ...

Lucy Stone Lucy Stone
(American)

One of the first women in history to retain her ...

Malcolm X Malcolm X
(African,American)

Often considered as one of the most significant ...

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr
(American)

Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American ...

Mary Church Terrell Mary Church Terrell
(American)

Mary Church Terrell was one of the first ...

Matilda Gage Matilda Joslyn Gage
(American)

Matilda Joslyn Gage was a prominent women’s ...

Medgar Evers Medgar Evers
(American)

Medgar Evers was an African-American civil rights ...

Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali
(American)

Nicknamed ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali was ...

Paul Robeson Paul Robeson
(American)

Paul Robeson was one of the most talented and ...

Prudence Crandall Prudence Crandall
(American)

Prudence Crandall was an American teacher who ...

Rosa Parks Rosa Parks
(American)

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American civil ...

Ruby Bridges Ruby Bridges
(American)

She was young. She was sweetly innocent. And she ...

Stokely Carmichael Stokely Carmichael
(Trinidadian,American)

Stokely Carmichael was among the frontrunners of ...

Thomas Clarkson Thomas Clarkson
(British)

Thomas Clarkson was an English abolitionist, one ...

W. E. B. Du Bois W. E. B. Du Bois
(Ghanaian)

W.E.B. Du Bois was an American sociologist and ...

William Lloyd Garrison William Lloyd Garrison
(American)

William Lloyd Garrison was a well-known social ...

Zack de la Rocha Zack de la Rocha
(American)

Zack de la Rocha is one of the biggest names in ...

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