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.
Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929
Civil Rights Activist
Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925
Activist

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942
 

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Kerry KennedyKerry Kennedy
08 September 1959
Human rights activist

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947
Former First Lady, Political Leader
Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist
Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone
04 October 1976
 

Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969
Journalist

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
15 November 1991
Actress, Activist
Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
29 February 1822
Abolitionist

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928
Linguist

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress

Candace OwensCandace Owens
29 April 1989
Political Activist, Commentator
Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913
Activist

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967
American-Canadian Actress
Bea ArthurBea Arthur
13 May 1922
Actress

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

Monica LewinskyMonica Lewinsky
23 July 1973
American Television Personality
Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator

Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970
 
Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

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Geena DavisGeena Davis
21 January 1956
Actress, Producer, Model
Jeffrey WrightJeffrey Wright
07 December 1965
Actor

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954
Philanthropist

Doris DayDoris Day
03 April 1922
Film actress

Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich
22 June 1960
Environmental Activist
Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925
 
Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette
27 March 1969
Television Actress, Activist, Singer

Betty FriedanBetty Friedan
04 February 1921
Feminist, Writer

Shaun KingShaun King
17 September 1979
Writer

Ali MacGrawAli MacGraw
01 April 1939
Actress
Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Actress

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941
Civil Rights Activist

Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson
14 November 1959
Lawyer

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician
Mena SuvariMena Suvari
13 February 1979
Actress

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer
Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer
1999 AD
Model

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

George TakeiGeorge Takei
20 April 1937
Actor, Activist
Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820
Women’s Rights Activist

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning
17 December 1987
Whistleblower
Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons
04 October 1957
Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941
 

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879
Educator

Martin Luther King IIIMartin Luther King III
23 October 1957
Activist

Rick HarrisonRick Harrison
22 March 1965
Businessman
Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925
Actress

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917
Singer

Ralph NaderRalph Nader
27 February 1934
Political Activist, Attorney
Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927
Civil Rights Activist

Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter
Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930
 

Cara BuonoCara Buono
01 March 1971
Actress

Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor
Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard
08 November 1952
Actress

Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor
Michael BoltonMichael Bolton
26 February 1953
Singer, Songwriter

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944
Author

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor
Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954
Writer, Social Activist

Denise NicholasDenise Nicholas
12 July 1944
Actress
Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States

Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur
10 January 1947
Activist

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862
Journalist

Delta BurkeDelta Burke
30 July 1956
Actress
Emily SwallowEmily Swallow
18 December 1979
Actress
Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup
10 July 1807
Author

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956
Former Tennis Champion

Elizabeth SmartElizabeth Smart
03 November 1987
Activist

Fred HamptonFred Hampton
30 August 1948
Activist
Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971
 

Temple GrandinTemple Grandin
29 August 1947
Professor

Laurie DavidLaurie David
22 March 1958
Environmental Activist

Susan SontagSusan Sontag
16 January 1933
 
Will EstesWill Estes
21 October 1978
Actor

Will GeerWill Geer
09 March 1902
Actor
Melissa MathisonMelissa Mathison
03 June 1950
Screenwriter

Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936
Anti-War Activist
Saul AlinskySaul Alinsky
30 January 1909
Community Organizer
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist