When the armies of Cyprus the Great conquered Babylon, little did people knew what was to happen next. To their surprise, the conqueror freed the slaves, established racial equality and declared freedom of religion, thus starting the first chapter of the world’s charter of human rights. In the millenniums following, there have been numerous Cyprus’s who have risen above the oppression and fought against the tyranny to give people their rights. It is to these great souls that we dedicate this section. America maybe a super power today and at the topmost position in the global front when it comes to human rights but the scenario wasn’t the same always. The country suffered from numerous problems and its people had little freedom. Slavery, oppression, civil rights were few of the many issues that Americans dealt with. However, there were several American human rights activists who fought for, campaigned and promoted human rights freedom. Some of them worth mentioning are Abraham Lincoln who made the famous Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King Jr. who worked as a non-violence civil rights leader, Thomas Jefferson who authored the Declaration of Independence and Jimmy Carter who established the Carter Center. Know in details about the famous American human rights activists.
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947
Former First Lady, Political Leader
Ronan FarrowRonan Farrow
19 December 1987
Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer

Zack de la RochaZack de la Rocha
12 January 1970
 

Kerry KennedyKerry Kennedy
08 September 1959
Human rights activist

Martin Luther King IIIMartin Luther King III
23 October 1957
Activist

Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955
Activist
Michael BoltonMichael Bolton
26 February 1953
Singer, Songwriter

Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup
10 July 1807
Author

Mike FarrellMike Farrell
06 February 1939
Actor
Melissa MathisonMelissa Mathison
03 June 1950
Screenwriter

Laurie HoldenLaurie Holden
17 December 1969
Actress
Jorja FoxJorja Fox
07 July 1968
Actress

Alan LomaxAlan Lomax
31 January 1915
Folklorist

Lillian WaldLillian Wald
10 March 1867
Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist

Joan Chandos BaezJoan Chandos Baez
09 January 1941
Singer

Angelina GrimkeAngelina Grimke
20 February 1805
Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist
Jane ElliottJane Elliott
27 May 1933
Schoolteacher

Van JonesVan Jones
20 September 1968
Motivational speaker

Nazanin BoniadiNazanin Boniadi
22 May 1980
Actress

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,
Michelle AlexanderMichelle Alexander
07 October 1967
Lawyer

Jello BiafraJello Biafra
17 June 1958
Singer, Actor, Human rights activist, Politician,
Zelda RubinsteinZelda Rubinstein
28 May 1933
Actress

Gloria AllredGloria Allred
03 July 1941
Attorney

Lady Miss KierLady Miss Kier
15 August 1963
Singer
Ella BakerElla Baker
13 December 1903
American activist

Andrew KoenigAndrew Koenig
17 August 1968
Actor
Shiva RoseShiva Rose
08 February 1969
Actress

Geronimo PrattGeronimo Pratt
13 September 1947
Civil rights advocate, Human rights activist,

Jack HererJack Herer
18 June 1939
Politician
Ramsey ClarkRamsey Clark
18 December 1927
American lawyer

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Iris ChangIris Chang
28 March 1968
Journalist
Ophelia DahlOphelia Dahl
12 May 1964
Human rights activist

Charles W. ChesnuttCharles W. Chesnutt
20 June 1858
Author

Frances LearFrances Lear
14 July 1923
Activist

Levi CoffinLevi Coffin
28 October 1798
Abolitionist
Jacob M. AppelJacob M. Appel
21 February 1973
Historian, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Medical
Manning MarableManning Marable
13 May 1950
Scholar

Randall RobinsonRandall Robinson
06 July 1941
Lawyer

Maggie KuhnMaggie Kuhn
03 August 1905
Activist

Charlotte Forten GrimkéCharlotte Forten Grimké
17 August 1837
Poet
Yuri OrlovYuri Orlov
13 August 1924
Physicist, Human rights activist, Nuclear

Alison Des ForgesAlison Des Forges
20 August 1942
Historian

Luis KutnerLuis Kutner
09 June 1908
Human rights activist

Benjamin LundyBenjamin Lundy
04 January 1789
Abolitionist

Warren KimbroWarren Kimbro
29 April 1934
Activist
Moncure D. ConwayMoncure D. Conway
17 March 1832
Writer

Fannie Barrier WilliamsFannie Barrier Williams
12 February 1855
Educator
Madeline McDowell BreckinridgeMadeline McDowell Breckinridge
20 May 1872
Human Rights Activist

Maria Weston ChapmanMaria Weston Chapman
25 July 1806
Abolitionist

Willie BarrowWillie Barrow
07 December 1924
Clergywoman
Alan BerkmanAlan Berkman
04 September 1945
Physician

Sister Helen PrejeanSister Helen Prejean
21 April 1939
Sister
Ann PrestonAnn Preston
01 December 1813
Physician

Mary HuntMary Hunt
1830 AD
Activist

Eliza FarnhamEliza Farnham
17 November 1815
Writer

James T. ShotwellJames T. Shotwell
06 August 1874
Historian

Caroline SeveranceCaroline Severance
1820 AD
Social reformer
Helen MarotHelen Marot
09 June 1865
Writer

Anna Adams GordonAnna Adams Gordon
21 July 1853
Songwriter

Henry Viscardi Jr.Henry Viscardi Jr.
10 May 1912
Author

Ed RobertsEd Roberts
23 January 1939
American disability rights activist
Andrew Young Jr.Andrew Young Jr.
12 March 1932
Politician

Samuel CottonSamuel Cotton
24 January 1947
Antislavery activist