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.
Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite
Candace OwensCandace Owens
29 April 1989
Political Activist, Commentator

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942
 

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969
Journalist
Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929
Civil Rights Activist

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
29 February 1822
Abolitionist

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
17 January 1954
Environment Activist & Attorney
betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925
Activist
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947
Former First Lady, Political Leader

Carole BaskinCarole Baskin
06 June 1961
Big-Cat Rights Activist

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist
Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
15 November 1991
Actress, Activist

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820
Women’s Rights Activist

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928
Linguist
Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer
1999 AD
Model

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson
09 May 1979
Actress
Monica LewinskyMonica Lewinsky
23 July 1973
American Television Personality

Bea ArthurBea Arthur
13 May 1922
Actress

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967
American-Canadian Actress
Shaun KingShaun King
17 September 1979
Writer

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

Fred HamptonFred Hampton
30 August 1948
Activist

Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist

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Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913
Activist
Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879
Educator

Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet

Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich
22 June 1960
Environmental Activist
Jeffrey WrightJeffrey Wright
07 December 1965
Actor
Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941
 

Doris DayDoris Day
03 April 1922
Film actress

Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning
17 December 1987
Whistleblower

Elizabeth SmartElizabeth Smart
03 November 1987
Activist
Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Actress

Ali MacGrawAli MacGraw
01 April 1939
Actress

Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970
 

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician
Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941
Civil Rights Activist

Rick HarrisonRick Harrison
22 March 1965
Businessman
Mena SuvariMena Suvari
13 February 1979
Actress

George TakeiGeorge Takei
20 April 1937
Actor, Activist

Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925
 
Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette
27 March 1969
Television Actress, Activist, Singer

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956
Former Tennis Champion
Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States

Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson
14 November 1959
Lawyer

Ralph NaderRalph Nader
27 February 1934
Political Activist, Attorney

Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936
Anti-War Activist

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker
Betty FriedanBetty Friedan
04 February 1921
Feminist, Writer

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

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925
Actress

Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter
Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862
Journalist
Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927
Civil Rights Activist

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944
Author

Kerry KennedyKerry Kennedy
08 September 1959
Human rights activist
Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954
Philanthropist
Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard
08 November 1952
Actress

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

Cara BuonoCara Buono
01 March 1971
Actress
Rick Santorum Rick Santorum
10 May 1958
American Politician, Attorney

Afeni ShakurAfeni Shakur
10 January 1947
Activist
Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

Delta BurkeDelta Burke
30 July 1956
Actress

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917
Singer

Coretta Scott KingCoretta Scott King
27 April 1927
Civil Rights Activist, Author
Michael BoltonMichael Bolton
26 February 1953
Singer, Songwriter
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797
American women's rights activist

Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954
Writer, Social Activist

Norman LearNorman Lear
27 July 1922
Television Writer

Tom HaydenTom Hayden
11 December 1939
Political Activist
Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Martin Luther King IIIMartin Luther King III
23 October 1957
Activist

Will GeerWill Geer
09 March 1902
Actor

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930
 
Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869
Writer
Alice PaulAlice Paul
11 January 1885
Suffragist and Feminist

Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939
Actor
Tammy BruceTammy Bruce
20 August 1962
Radio Host
Saul AlinskySaul Alinsky
30 January 1909
Community Organizer