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
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942

Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
15 November 1991
Actress, Activist
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967
American-Canadian Actress

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

Candace OwensCandace Owens
29 April 1989
Political Activist, Commentator

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist
Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947
Former First Lady, Political Leader
Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961

Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967

Geena DavisGeena Davis
21 January 1956
Actress, Producer, Model
Doris DayDoris Day
03 April 1922
Film actress

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956
Former Tennis Champion

Bea ArthurBea Arthur
13 May 1922
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928

Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone
04 October 1976
Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer
1999 AD

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913
Civil Rights Activist

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
13 June 1974
Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning
17 December 1987

Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette
27 March 1969
Television Actress, Activist, Singer
Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

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Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970

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

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925

Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich
22 June 1960
Environmental Activist
Ali MacGrawAli MacGraw
01 April 1939

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927

Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971

Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur
10 January 1947
Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917

George TakeiGeorge Takei
20 April 1937
Actor, Activist

Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard
08 November 1952
Michael BoltonMichael Bolton
26 February 1953
Singer, Songwriter

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker

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

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

Maryse OuelletMaryse Ouellet
21 January 1983
Jazz JenningsJazz Jennings
06 October 2000
LGBTQ Rights Activist, Internet Personality,

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943

Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw
19 March 1988
Baseball Pitcher
Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons
04 October 1957
Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941
Civil Rights Activist
Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879
Birth Control Activist

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States
Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986

Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927
Civil Rights Activist

Temple GrandinTemple Grandin
29 August 1947

Will EstesWill Estes
21 October 1978

Ralph NaderRalph Nader
27 February 1934
Political Activist, Attorney
Delta BurkeDelta Burke
30 July 1956
Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944

Cara BuonoCara Buono
01 March 1971

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820
Women’s Rights Activist
Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941

Burt WardBurt Ward
06 July 1945

Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali
13 November 1969
Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924

Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936
Anti-War Activist
Essence AtkinsEssence Atkins
07 February 1972

Daniel EllsbergDaniel Ellsberg
07 April 1931

Lola Van WagenenLola Van Wagenen
30 November 1938
Historian, Activist
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797
American women's rights activist

Viola DesmondViola Desmond
06 July 1914
Coretta Scott KingCoretta Scott King
27 April 1927
Civil Rights Activist, Author

Melissa MathisonMelissa Mathison
03 June 1950

Susan SontagSusan Sontag
16 January 1933

Laurie HoldenLaurie Holden
17 December 1969
Mariette HartleyMariette Hartley
21 June 1940

Anne-Marie JohnsonAnne-Marie Johnson
18 July 1960
Andrea TantarosAndrea Tantaros
30 December 1978
Political Analyst

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

Saul AlinskySaul Alinsky
30 January 1909
Community Organizer
Matt McGorryMatt McGorry
12 April 1986