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

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
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924

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

Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone
04 October 1976

Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

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

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979

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

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

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
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928

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

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954

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

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

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941
Civil Rights Activist

Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson
14 November 1959

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker

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

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer
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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
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

Martin Luther King IIIMartin Luther King III
23 October 1957

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

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917

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

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

Cara BuonoCara Buono
01 March 1971

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

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

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944

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

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

Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur
10 January 1947

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862

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

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956
Former Tennis Champion

Elizabeth SmartElizabeth Smart
03 November 1987

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

Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971

Temple GrandinTemple Grandin
29 August 1947

Laurie DavidLaurie David
22 March 1958
Environmental Activist

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

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

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