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.
Doris DayDoris Day
03 April 1922
Film actress
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942
 

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976
Actress

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

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning
17 December 1987
Whistleblower
Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress, Writer, Comedienne

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
15 November 1991
Actress, Activist
Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925
Minister
Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879
Birth Control Activist

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947
Former First Lady, Political Leader

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928
Linguist

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913
Civil Rights Activist
Bea ArthurBea Arthur
13 May 1922
Actress

Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer
1999 AD
Model

Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone
04 October 1976
 
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Author

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist
Geena DavisGeena Davis
21 January 1956
Actress, Producer, Model

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator

Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette
27 March 1969
Television Actress, Activist, Singer

Ali MacGrawAli MacGraw
01 April 1939
Actress
Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
17 January 1954
Environment Activist & Attorney

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927
Civil Rights Activist

Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970
 

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956
Former Tennis Champion
Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich
22 June 1960
Environmental Activist

Maryse OuelletMaryse Ouellet
21 January 1983
Wrestler

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939
Actor

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James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist
Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917
Singer

Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Actress
Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur
10 January 1947
Activist

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930
 

Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist
George TakeiGeorge Takei
20 April 1937
Actor, Activist

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941
 

Michael BoltonMichael Bolton
26 February 1953
Singer, Songwriter

Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard
08 November 1952
Actress

Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter
Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820
Women’s Rights Activist

Temple GrandinTemple Grandin
29 August 1947
Professor

Mika CamarenaMika Camarena
1948 AD
Activist, wife of late DEA agent Kiki Camarena

Jazz JenningsJazz Jennings
06 October 2000
LGBTQ Rights Activist, Internet Personality,
Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941
Civil Rights Activist
Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797
American women's rights activist

Susan SontagSusan Sontag
16 January 1933
 
Ralph NaderRalph Nader
27 February 1934
Political Activist, Attorney

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869
Writer

Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor
Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress

Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw
19 March 1988
Baseball Pitcher
Will EstesWill Estes
21 October 1978
Actor

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

Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971
 

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker
Delta BurkeDelta Burke
30 July 1956
Actress
Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954
Philanthropist

Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925
 

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

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944
Author
Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor

Essence AtkinsEssence Atkins
07 February 1972
Actress

Daniel EllsbergDaniel Ellsberg
07 April 1931
Activist

Viola DesmondViola Desmond
06 July 1914
Businesswoman

Jerry FalwellJerry Falwell
11 August 1933
Pastor
Laurie HoldenLaurie Holden
17 December 1969
Actress

Mariette HartleyMariette Hartley
21 June 1940
Actress
Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862
Journalist

Anne-Marie JohnsonAnne-Marie Johnson
18 July 1960
Actress

Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali
13 November 1969
Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist
Elizabeth JaggerElizabeth Jagger
02 March 1984
Model

Rick Santorum Rick Santorum
10 May 1958
American Politician, Attorney
Alyssa DiazAlyssa Diaz
07 September 1985
Actress

Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936
Anti-War Activist

Will GeerWill Geer
09 March 1902
Actor

Joanna CassidyJoanna Cassidy
02 August 1945
Actress
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Alexandra PaulAlexandra Paul
29 July 1963
Actress
Jane AddamsJane Addams
06 September 1860
 

Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup
10 July 1807
Author

Tom HaydenTom Hayden
11 December 1939
Political Activist

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton
12 November 1815
Women’s Rights Activist
Ally WalkerAlly Walker
25 August 1961
Actress