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

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie

04 June 1975

betty whiteBetty White

17 January 1922

Malcolm XMalcolm X

19 May 1925

Rosa ParksRosa Parks

04 February 1913

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth

01 December 1797

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson

23 July 1961

Doris DayDoris Day

03 April 1922

Columba BushColumba Bush

17 August 1953

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass

01 February 1818

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Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley

15 November 1991

James BaldwinJames Baldwin

02 August 1924

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky

07 December 1928

Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo

22 November 1967

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

Jazz JenningsJazz Jennings

06 October 2000

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Bea ArthurBea Arthur

13 May 1922

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono

04 March 1969

Jason RalphJason Ralph

07 April 1986

Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow

19 December 1987

Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone

04 October 1976

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Geena DavisGeena Davis

21 January 1956

Angela Davis Angela Davis

26 January 1944

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges

08 September 1954

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning

17 December 1987

Michael BoltonMichael Bolton

26 February 1953

Coretta Scott KingCoretta Scott King

27 April 1927

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Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney

24 September 1941

Viola DesmondViola Desmond

06 July 1914

Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich

22 June 1960

Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha

12 January 1970

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

17 January 1954

Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette

27 March 1969

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Michael MooreMichael Moore

23 April 1954

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael

29 June 1941

Ali MacGrawAli MacGraw

01 April 1939

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson

08 October 1941

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger

14 September 1879

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez

31 March 1927

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Jack LondonJack London

12 January 1876

Mike FarrellMike Farrell

06 February 1939

Thomas PaineThomas Paine

29 January 1737

Lena HorneLena Horne

30 June 1917

Alice WalkerAlice Walker

09 February 1944

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony

15 February 1820

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Temple GrandinTemple Grandin

29 August 1947

George TakeiGeorge Takei

20 April 1937

Medgar EversMedgar Evers

02 July 1925

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk

22 May 1930

Ralph NaderRalph Nader

27 February 1934

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Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova

18 October 1956

Serj TankianSerj Tankian

21 August 1967

Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons

04 October 1957

Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard

08 November 1952

Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur

10 January 1947

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells

16 July 1862

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Paul RobesonPaul Robeson

09 April 1898

Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker

26 November 1832

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman

27 June 1869

Rick Santorum Rick Santorum

10 May 1958

Jerry FalwellJerry Falwell

11 August 1933

Daniel EllsbergDaniel Ellsberg

07 April 1931

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Ryan WhiteRyan White

06 December 1971

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker

09 November 1731

Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan

21 February 1936

Susan SontagSusan Sontag

16 January 1933

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski

28 March 1928

Claudette ColvinClaudette Colvin

05 September 1939

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Jane AddamsJane Addams

06 September 1860

Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali

13 November 1969

Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup

10 July 1807

Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman

30 November 1936

Mariette HartleyMariette Hartley

21 June 1940

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton

12 November 1815

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Essence AtkinsEssence Atkins

07 February 1972

William Lloyd GarrisonWilliam Lloyd Garrison

12 December 1805

Audre LordeAudre Lorde

18 February 1934