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.
Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
30 November 1936
Anti-War Activist
Candace OwensCandace Owens
29 April 1989
Political Activist, Commentator

Tom HaydenTom Hayden
11 December 1939
Political Activist

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942
 

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

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

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

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Tucker CarlsonTucker Carlson
16 May 1969
Journalist

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922
Actress
Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925
Activist

Charles Robert Redford Jr.Charles Robert Redford Jr.
18 August 1936
Actor

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967
American-Canadian Actress

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley
15 November 1991
Actress, Activist

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961
Socialite
Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson
23 July 1961
Actor, Activist

Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928
Linguist

Rick SantorumRick Santorum
10 May 1958
American Politician, Attorney

Mark RuffaloMark Ruffalo
22 November 1967
Actor
Geena DavisGeena Davis
21 January 1956
Actress, Producer, Model

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913
Activist
Kate WalshKate Walsh
13 October 1967
Actress

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818
American orator

Monica LewinskyMonica Lewinsky
23 July 1973
American Television Personality
Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
29 February 1822
Abolitionist

Fred HamptonFred Hampton
30 August 1948
Activist
Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw
19 March 1988
Baseball Pitcher

Hunter SchaferHunter Schafer
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Model

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924
Novelist
Chaz Bono Chaz Bono
04 March 1969
Actor, LGBT Rights Activist

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Fran DrescherFran Drescher
30 September 1957
Actress
Carole BaskinCarole Baskin
06 June 1961
Big-Cat Rights Activist

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954
Philanthropist

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Kerry KennedyKerry Kennedy
08 September 1959
Human rights activist
Doris DayDoris Day
03 April 1922
Film actress
Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning
17 December 1987
Whistleblower

Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich
22 June 1960
Environmental Activist

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928
Poet

Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Actress
Jesse WilliamsJesse Williams
05 August 1981
Model, Actor, Activist

Linda Louise McCartneyLinda McCartney
24 September 1941
Photographer, Musician

Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944
Political Activist

Doris RobertsDoris Roberts
04 November 1925
Actress

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820
Women’s Rights Activist
Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

Ali MacGrawAli MacGraw
01 April 1939
Actress
Mena SuvariMena Suvari
13 February 1979
Actress

Ralph NaderRalph Nader
27 February 1934
Political Activist, Attorney

Michael MooreMichael Moore
23 April 1954
Documentary Filmmaker
Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter

Emily SwallowEmily Swallow
18 December 1979
Actress
Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson
14 November 1959
Lawyer

Rick HarrisonRick Harrison
22 March 1965
Businessman

Jeffrey WrightJeffrey Wright
07 December 1965
Actor

Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette
27 March 1969
Television Actress, Activist, Singer

George TakeiGeorge Takei
20 April 1937
Actor, Activist
Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970
 

Joan Chandos BaezJoan Chandos Baez
09 January 1941
Singer

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

Tammy BruceTammy Bruce
20 August 1962
Radio Host
Cybill Lynne ShepherdCybill Lynne Shepherd
18 February 1950
Actress

Carroll O’ConnorCarroll O’Connor
02 August 1924
Actor
Cenk UygurCenk Uygur
21 March 1970
Political Activist, Show Host

Delta BurkeDelta Burke
30 July 1956
Actress

Kate BolduanKate Bolduan
28 July 1983
Journalist
Jesse JacksonJesse Jackson
08 October 1941
Civil Rights Activist

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States
Kennedy MontgomeryKennedy Montgomery
08 September 1972
Commentator

Lola Van WagenenLola Van Wagenen
30 November 1938
Historian, Activist

Maryse OuelletMaryse Ouellet
21 January 1983
Wrestler
Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927
Civil Rights Activist

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

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879
Educator

Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943
Actor

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930
 
Essence AtkinsEssence Atkins
07 February 1972
Actress
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith
22 May 1967
Actress

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

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917
Singer

John C McGinleyJohn C McGinley
03 August 1959
Actor
Shaun KingShaun King
17 September 1979
Writer

Betty FordBetty Ford
08 April 1918
Former First Lady of the United States

Elizabeth SmartElizabeth Smart
03 November 1987
Activist

Dennis WeaverDennis Weaver
04 June 1924
Actor

Katie PavlichKatie Pavlich
10 July 1988
Commentator
Will EstesWill Estes
21 October 1978
Actor

Martina NavratilovaMartina Navratilova
18 October 1956
Former Tennis Champion
Cara BuonoCara Buono
01 March 1971
Actress

Timothy TreadwellTimothy Treadwell
29 April 1957
Environmentalist
Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944
Author
Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925