Martin Luther King, Jr. would probably be one of the first names that come to mind when we talk of American activists. The leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement, he played a pivotal role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. Malcolm X was another significant figure in human rights activism who has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. Frederick Douglass, a firm believer in the equality of all peoples, whether black, female, or Native American, was a former slave who rose to become a prominent social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman after making good his escape from his owners. America has also had several feminists including Susan B. Anthony, Alice Stone Blackwell, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Emma Goldman who fought determinedly for equal rights for women. Of late social justice movements like LGBT activism and Animal Rights activism are also gaining momentum in the American society. LGBT activist Gilbert Baker designed the Rainbow Flag that is often used as a symbol of pride in LGBT rights marches while philosopher Tom Regan is a prominent proponent of animal rights movement. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous American Activists.
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942
 

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929
Civil Rights Activist

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist
Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
15 November 1991
Actress, Activist

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925
Activist

Candace OwensCandace Owens
29 April 1989
Political Activist, Commentator

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947
Former First Lady, Political Leader
Monica LewinskyMonica Lewinsky
23 July 1973
American Television Personality

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967
American-Canadian Actress

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite

Geena DavisGeena Davis
21 January 1956
Actress, Producer, Model
Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928
Linguist

Bea ArthurBea Arthur
13 May 1922
Actress
Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone
04 October 1976
 

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913
Civil Rights Activist
Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer
1999 AD
Model

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Author

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer
Doris DayDoris Day
03 April 1922
Film actress
Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning
17 December 1987
Whistleblower

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette
27 March 1969
Television Actress, Activist, Singer
Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator

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Ali MacGrawAli MacGraw
01 April 1939
Actress

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
17 January 1954
Environment Activist & Attorney

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist

Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw
19 March 1988
Baseball Pitcher
Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925
Actress
Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich
22 June 1960
Environmental Activist

Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939
Actor

Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970
 
Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Actress

Jeffrey WrightJeffrey Wright
07 December 1965
Actor
Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur
10 January 1947
Activist

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956
Former Tennis Champion

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927
Civil Rights Activist

Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

George TakeiGeorge Takei
20 April 1937
Actor, Activist
Mena SuvariMena Suvari
13 February 1979
Actress

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States

Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard
08 November 1952
Actress

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917
Singer
Susan SontagSusan Sontag
16 January 1933
 

Temple GrandinTemple Grandin
29 August 1947
Professor
Mika CamarenaMika Camarena
1948 AD
Activist, wife of late DEA agent Kiki Camarena

Michael BoltonMichael Bolton
26 February 1953
Singer, Songwriter

Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist
Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author
Jazz JenningsJazz Jennings
06 October 2000
LGBTQ Rights Activist, Internet Personality,

Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons
04 October 1957
Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor
Maryse OuelletMaryse Ouellet
21 January 1983
Wrestler

Rick HarrisonRick Harrison
22 March 1965
Businessman
Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879
Birth Control Activist

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930
 

Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor

Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress
Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944
Author
Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820
Women’s Rights Activist

Will EstesWill Estes
21 October 1978
Actor

Delta BurkeDelta Burke
30 July 1956
Actress

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph NaderRalph Nader
27 February 1934
Political Activist, Attorney

Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971
 

Cara BuonoCara Buono
01 March 1971
Actress

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869
Writer

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954
Philanthropist
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797
American women's rights activist

Burt WardBurt Ward
06 July 1945
Actor
Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936
Anti-War Activist

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
29 November 1908
Politician & Civil Rights Activist

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Jerry FalwellJerry Falwell
11 August 1933
Pastor

Michelle MalkinMichelle Malkin
20 October 1970
Blogger
Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor

Coretta Scott KingCoretta Scott King
27 April 1927
Civil Rights Activist, Author

Essence AtkinsEssence Atkins
07 February 1972
Actress

Daniel EllsbergDaniel Ellsberg
07 April 1931
Activist
Lola Van WagenenLola Van Wagenen
30 November 1938
Historian, Activist

Viola DesmondViola Desmond
06 July 1914
Businesswoman
Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925
 

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941
 
Laurie HoldenLaurie Holden
17 December 1969
Actress

Mariette HartleyMariette Hartley
21 June 1940
Actress
Jane AddamsJane Addams
06 September 1860