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.
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie

04 June 1975

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.

15 January 1929

Rosa ParksRosa Parks

04 February 1913

betty whiteBetty White

17 January 1922

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

Doris DayDoris Day

03 April 1922

Malcolm XMalcolm X

19 May 1925

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson

23 July 1961

Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo

22 November 1967

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky

07 December 1928

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley

15 November 1991

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Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass

01 February 1818

Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow

19 December 1987

Chaz Bono Chaz Bono

04 March 1969

Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone

04 October 1976

Geena DavisGeena Davis

21 January 1956

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou

04 April 1928

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Bea ArthurBea Arthur

13 May 1922

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning

17 December 1987

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney

24 September 1941

James BaldwinJames Baldwin

02 August 1924

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony

15 February 1820

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Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette

27 March 1969

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez

31 March 1927

Michael MooreMichael Moore

23 April 1954

Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha

12 January 1970

Thomas PaineThomas Paine

29 January 1737

Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich

22 June 1960

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

17 January 1954

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk

22 May 1930

Michael BoltonMichael Bolton

26 February 1953

Alice WalkerAlice Walker

09 February 1944

Angela Davis Angela Davis

26 January 1944

Jack LondonJack London

12 January 1876

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Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard

08 November 1952

Viola DesmondViola Desmond

06 July 1914

George TakeiGeorge Takei

20 April 1937

Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur

10 January 1947

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael

29 June 1941

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger

14 September 1879

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Temple GrandinTemple Grandin

29 August 1947

Jazz JenningsJazz Jennings

06 October 2000

Lena HorneLena Horne

30 June 1917

Ralph NaderRalph Nader

27 February 1934

Serj TankianSerj Tankian

21 August 1967

Rick Santorum Rick Santorum

10 May 1958

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Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons

04 October 1957

Ryan WhiteRyan White

06 December 1971

Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson

08 October 1941

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges

08 September 1954

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson

09 April 1898

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth

01 December 1797

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Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali

13 November 1969

Medgar EversMedgar Evers

02 July 1925

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman

27 June 1869

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton

12 November 1815

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells

16 July 1862

Coretta Scott KingCoretta Scott King

27 April 1927

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Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova

18 October 1956

Jane AddamsJane Addams

06 September 1860

Susan SontagSusan Sontag

16 January 1933

Saul AlinskySaul Alinsky

30 January 1909

William Lloyd GarrisonWilliam Lloyd Garrison

12 December 1805

Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup

10 July 1807

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Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman

30 November 1936

Jerry FalwellJerry Falwell

11 August 1933

Claudette ColvinClaudette Colvin

05 September 1939

Alice PaulAlice Paul

11 January 1885

Jacob RiisJacob Riis

03 May 1849

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Laurie DavidLaurie David

22 March 1958

Dorothy DayDorothy Day

08 November 1897

Audre LordeAudre Lorde

18 February 1934

Betty FriedanBetty Friedan

04 February 1921

Jeannette RankinJeannette Rankin

11 June 1880

Ron KovicRon Kovic

04 July 1946

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Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker

09 November 1731

Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan

21 February 1936

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock

02 May 1903