Famous American Human Rights Activists

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.

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 1 Malcolm X

Malcolm X
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1965

An African-American leader of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X was a vocal spokesman of the Nation of Islam and called upon the blacks to protect themselves from the white, even if it meant adopting violence. His radical views and preaching later evolved and he accepted the possibility of peaceful resolution of racial issues in America.

 2 Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Michael Bolton is an American singer-songwriter who has sold over 75 million records so far. Apart from recording several top 10 albums on the Billboard charts, Bolton also has several prestigious awards under his belt, such as Grammy Awards. Also known for his charity work, Bolton set up the Michael Bolton Foundation in order to aid children and women.

 3 Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 10, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 1863 AD
Abolitionist Solomon Northup had authored the memoir Twelve Years a Slave, which was later adapted into the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Northup was abducted and sold as a slave to a planter in Louisiana. He was eventually freed with the help of the governor New York.

 4 Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott
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Famous As: Schoolteacher
Birthdate: May 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 5 Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
The American civil rights activist has continued his legendary father Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle for racial equality. Martin Luther King III headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded by his father and endorsed Barack Obama’s nomination for American presidency. King fought against police brutality, but he also denounced capital punishment, saying he did not belive in retributional justice.

 6 Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 7 Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry
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Famous As: Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 12, 1965
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 8 Andrew Young Jr.

Andrew Young Jr.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 9 Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts
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Famous As: American disability rights activist
Birthdate: January 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 14, 1995

 10 Opal Tometi

Opal Tometi
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 11 Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 2010

 12 Andrew Koenig

Andrew Koenig
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 14, 2010

 13 Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark
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Famous As: American lawyer
Birthdate: December 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 14 Lady Miss Kier

Lady Miss Kier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 15 Geronimo Pratt

Geronimo Pratt
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Famous As: Civil rights advocate, Human rights activist, Vietnam veteran
Birthdate: September 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 2011

 16 Ella Baker

Ella Baker
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Famous As: American activist
Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 1986

 17 Ophelia Dahl

Ophelia Dahl
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 18 Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax
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Famous As: Folklorist
Birthdate: January 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 19, 2002

 19 Jack Herer

Jack Herer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 2010

 20 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 21 Iris Chang

Iris Chang
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 9, 2004

 22 Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean
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Famous As: Sister
Birthdate: April 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 23 Walter Reuther

Walter Reuther
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 9, 1970

 24 Angelina Grimke

Angelina Grimke
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Famous As: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 20, 1805
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 26, 1879

 25 Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel
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Famous As: Historian, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Medical writer, Human rights activist, Journalist
Birthdate: February 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 26 Levi Coffin

Levi Coffin
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: October 28, 1798
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 16, 1877

 27 Lillian Wald

Lillian Wald
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Famous As: Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist
Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 1940

 28 Charles W. Chesnutt

Charles W. Chesnutt
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 1932

 29 Frances Lear

Frances Lear
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: July 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 30, 1996

 30 Yuri Orlov

Yuri Orlov
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 27, 2020

 31 Manning Marable

Manning Marable
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 2011

 32 Maggie Kuhn

Maggie Kuhn
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: April 22, 1995

 33 Randall Robinson

Randall Robinson
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 34 Charlotte Forten Grimké

Charlotte Forten Grimké
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1914

 35 Alison Des Forges

Alison Des Forges
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 12, 2009

 36 Warren Kimbro

Warren Kimbro
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: April 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 2009

 37 Benjamin Lundy

Benjamin Lundy
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: January 4, 1789
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 22, 1839

 38 Moncure D. Conway

Moncure D. Conway
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 17, 1832
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: November 15, 1907

 39 Maria Weston Chapman

Maria Weston Chapman
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: July 25, 1806
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1885

 40 Eliza Farnham

Eliza Farnham
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 17, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 15, 1864

 41 Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: May 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: November 25, 1920

 42 Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: 1830 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1906 AD

 43 Luis Kutner

Luis Kutner
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: June 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: March 1, 1993

 44 Fannie Barrier Williams

Fannie Barrier Williams
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: February 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 4, 1944

 45 Alan Berkman

Alan Berkman
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: September 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 2009

 46 Ann Preston

Ann Preston
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 1, 1813
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 18, 1872

 47 Willie Barrow

Willie Barrow
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Famous As: Clergywoman
Birthdate: December 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 12, 2015

 48 Anna Adams Gordon

Anna Adams Gordon
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: June 15, 1931

 49 James T. Shotwell

James T. Shotwell
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: August 6, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 15, 1965

 50 Caroline Severance

Caroline Severance
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Famous As: Social reformer
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Nationality: American
Died: November 10, 1914