Famous Black Human Rights Activists

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Solomon Northup
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Birthdate: July 10, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minerva, New York
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.
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Martin Luther King III
(Human Rights Activist)
Martin Luther King III
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Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
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.
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Lorraine Hansberry
(Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist)
Lorraine Hansberry
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Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 12, 1965

Lorraine Hansberry was a writer and playwright best remembered for her play A Raisin in the Sun which emphasizes the plight of African-Americans living under racial segregation. At the age of 29, Lorraine Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, becoming the youngest playwright and the first African-American dramatist to win the prestigious award.

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Ella Baker
(American activist)
Ella Baker
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Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 13, 1986
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Denis Mukwege
(Gynecologist)
Denis Mukwege
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Birthdate: March 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Geronimo Pratt
(Former military veteran who was accused in 1972 for the 1968 murder of Caroline Olsen)
Geronimo Pratt
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Birthdate: September 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morgan City, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 2, 2011
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Charles W. Chesnutt
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Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17, 1932
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Shields Green
(Activist, Sailor)
Shields Green
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Birthdate: 1836 AD
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Died: December 16, 1859
Charlotte Forten Grimké
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Birthdate: August 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: July 23, 1914
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Randall Robinson
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Birthdate: July 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Beko Ransome-Kuti
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Birthdate: August 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: February 10, 2006
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Stella Nyanzi
(Human rights activist)
Stella Nyanzi
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Birthdate: June 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jinja, Uganda
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Leon Sullivan
(American Human Rights Activist Known for His Work to Help Create Job Opportunities for African Americans)
Leon Sullivan
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Birthdate: October 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Died: April 24, 2001

Born into a poor neighborhood, Leon Sullivan later bagged an athletic scholarship but had to abandon his sports career due to an injury. He later became a Zion Baptist Church pastor and was actively involved in the civil rights movement and Operation Breadbasket, the latter meant to uplift Blacks economically.

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Clemantine Wamariya
(Writer, Motivational speaker)
Clemantine Wamariya
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda
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Warren Kimbro
(Activist)
Warren Kimbro
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Birthdate: April 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 3, 2009
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Rokhaya Diallo
(Journalist)
Rokhaya Diallo
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Birthdate: April 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, filmmaker, and author. Best known as an activist, Diallo works towards achieving gender, racial, and religious equality. Diallo is widely regarded as one of the most important anti-racism activists in France. In 2013, Rokhaya Diallo was named in the 100 most influential French women list published by Slate.

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Ilwad Elman
(Human rights activist)
Ilwad Elman
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Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
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Biram Dah Abeid
(Politician and Lawyer)
Biram Dah Abeid
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Birthdate: January 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rosso, Trarza Region
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Hawa Abdi
(Human rights activist)
Hawa Abdi
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Birthdate: May 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
Died: August 5, 2020
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Prince Cedza Dlamini
(Human rights activist, Peace activist)
Prince Cedza Dlamini
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Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eswatini
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Roy Sesana
(Human rights activist)
Roy Sesana
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Molapo, Botswana
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Jacqueline Mukansonera
(Human Rights Activist, Nurse)
Jacqueline Mukansonera
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Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Rwanda
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Fartuun Adan
(Social Activist)
Fartuun Adan
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Somalia
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Fannie Barrier Williams
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Birthdate: February 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brockport, New York, United States
Died: March 4, 1944
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Marguerite Barankitse
(Human rights activist)
Marguerite Barankitse
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Ruyigi, Burundi
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Kigeli V Ndahindurwa
(Last ruling King of Rwanda)
Kigeli V Ndahindurwa
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Birthdate: June 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kamembe, Rwanda
Died: October 16, 2016
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Willie Barrow
(Clergywoman)
Willie Barrow
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Birthdate: December 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burton, Texas, United States
Died: March 12, 2015
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Evison Matafale
(Musician and Human rights activist)
Evison Matafale
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Birthdate: November 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Malawi
Died: November 27, 2001
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Nahla Mahmoud
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Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wau, Sudan Wau, Sudan
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Khadija Gbla
(Human rights activist)
Khadija Gbla
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Birthplace: Sierra Leone
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Kimmie Weeks
(Human rights activist)
Kimmie Weeks
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Birthdate: December 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia
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Chakufwa Chihana
(Second Vice President of Malawi (1994–1996))
Chakufwa Chihana
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Birthdate: April 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Malawi
Died: June 12, 2006
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Zahra Mohamed Ahmad
(Human rights activist)
Zahra Mohamed Ahmad
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Somalia
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Linda Masarira
(Zimbabwean Politician and Human Rights Defender)
Linda Masarira
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Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Patricia McFadden
(Activist and Scholar who worked in the anti-apartheid movement for more than 20 years)
Patricia McFadden
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Eswatini
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Ketty Nivyabandi
(Poet, Human Rights Activist)
Ketty Nivyabandi
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Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burundi
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Sekai Holland
(Zimbabwean Politician and Human Rights Activist)
Sekai Holland
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Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Michèle Stephenson
(Director, Producer)
Michèle Stephenson
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Birthplace: Haiti
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Stephanie Nyombayire
(Director General of Communication)
Stephanie Nyombayire
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Birthdate: December 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rwanda
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Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih
(Human Rights Activist)
Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih
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Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Sudan
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Elizabeth Mpofu
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Miriam Miranda
(Human rights activist)
Miriam Miranda
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Birthplace: Santa Fe, Honduras
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Antoinette Tubman
(Politician, Human rights activist)
Antoinette Tubman
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Birthdate: February 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia
Died: May 16, 2011
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Tindyebwa Agaba Wise
(Emma Thompson's Son)
Tindyebwa Agaba Wise
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Birthplace: Rwanda

Tindyebwa Agaba Wise is an activist best known as the adopted son of English actress Emma Thompson. Tindyebwa is credited with founding a charity organization called Muryango which aims at helping African refugees and asylum-seekers by providing them guidance to lead a better life. Tindyebwa was forced to work as a child soldier before his escape to the United Kingdom.

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Dalia Haj-Omar
(Human Rights Activist)
Dalia Haj-Omar
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Birthplace: Sudan
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Samuel Cotton
(Antislavery activist)
Samuel Cotton
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Birthdate: January 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: December 20, 2003
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Suad Ibrahim Ahmed
(Activist, Writer)
Suad Ibrahim Ahmed
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Birthdate: May 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan
Died: December 29, 2013