Famous Black 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
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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 Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup
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Famous As: Author
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.

 3 Martin Luther King III

Martin Luther King III
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Famous As: Activist
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.

 4 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
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 12, 1965

 5 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 6 Graça Machel

Graça Machel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portuguese Mozambique

Graça Machel is known for her association with Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and has been the country’s first education minister. She has also been married to both former Mozambican president Samora Machel and South African president Nelson Mandela. Through The Elders, she is devoted to working for women’s and children’s rights.

 7 Andrew Young Jr.

Andrew Young Jr.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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 8 Van Jones

Van Jones
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee Jackson, Tennessee, United States U.S.

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 9 Denis Mukwege

Denis Mukwege
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Famous As: Gynecologist
Birthdate: March 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

 10 Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mahlabathini, South Africa

Mangosuthu Buthelezi is a South African politician who is credited with founding the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). He was widely regarded as one of the most important black leaders during the apartheid era. From 1994 to 2004, he served as South Africa's minister of home affairs. He has also won many awards, such as Nadaraja Award and Magna Award.

 11 Ella Baker

Ella Baker
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Famous As: American activist
Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 13, 1986

 12 Walter Sisulu

Walter Sisulu
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ngcobo, South Africa
Died: May 5, 2003

Walter Sisulu was a South African activist who played an important role in the anti-apartheid movement. Counted among the most important members of the ANC, Sisulu served more than 25 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activities. For his contribution to the success of the ANC, Sisulu was honored with the prestigious Isitwalandwe Seaparankoe in 1992.

 13 Charles W. Chesnutt

Charles W. Chesnutt
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 17, 1932

 14 David Diop

David Diop
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 9, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: August 29, 1960

 15 Randall Robinson

Randall Robinson
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 16 Charlotte Forten Grimké

Charlotte Forten Grimké
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: July 23, 1914

 17 Warren Kimbro

Warren Kimbro
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: April 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 3, 2009

 18 Rokhaya Diallo

Rokhaya Diallo
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 19 Fannie Barrier Williams

Fannie Barrier Williams
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: February 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brockport, New York, United States
Died: March 4, 1944

 20 Nahla Mahmoud

Nahla Mahmoud
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wau, Sudan Wau, Sudan

 21 Willie Barrow

Willie Barrow
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Famous As: Clergywoman
Birthdate: December 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burton, Texas, United States
Died: March 12, 2015

 22 Linda Masarira

Linda Masarira
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 23 Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sierra Leone

 24 Sekai Holland

Sekai Holland
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 25 Michèle Stephenson

Michèle Stephenson
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Famous As: Director, Producer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Haiti

 26 Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih

Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Sudan

 27 Elizabeth Mpofu

Elizabeth Mpofu
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 28 Miriam Miranda

Miriam Miranda
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Santa Fe, Honduras

 29 Suad Ibrahim Ahmed

Suad Ibrahim Ahmed
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Famous As: Activist, Writer
Birthdate: May 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omdurman, Sudan
Died: December 29, 2013

 30 Dalia Haj-Omar

Dalia Haj-Omar
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sudan

 31 Tindyebwa Agaba Wise

Tindyebwa Agaba Wise
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Famous As: Emma Thompson's Son
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rwanda

 32 Samuel Cotton

Samuel Cotton
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Famous As: Antislavery activist
Birthdate: January 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: December 20, 2003

 33 Shields Green

Shields Green
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Famous As: Activist, Sailor
Birthdate: 1836 AD
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States
Died: December 16, 1859

 34 Fartuun Adan

Fartuun Adan
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Famous As: Social Activist
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Somalia

 35 Hawa Abdi

Hawa Abdi
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
Died: August 5, 2020

 36 Ilwad Elman

Ilwad Elman
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

 37 Zahra Mohamed Ahmad

Zahra Mohamed Ahmad
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Somalia

 38 Kimmie Weeks

Kimmie Weeks
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: December 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

 39 Antoinette Tubman

Antoinette Tubman
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Famous As: Politician, Human rights activist
Birthdate: February 24, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia
Died: May 16, 2011

 40 Beko Ransome-Kuti

Beko Ransome-Kuti
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: February 10, 2006

 41 Ketty Nivyabandi

Ketty Nivyabandi
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Famous As: Poet, Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burundi

 42 Jacqueline Mukansonera

Jacqueline Mukansonera
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist, Nurse
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Rwanda

 43 Stephanie Nyombayire

Stephanie Nyombayire
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Famous As: Director General of Communication
Birthdate: December 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rwanda

 44 Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya
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Famous As: Writer, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

 45 Kigeli V Ndahindurwa

Kigeli V Ndahindurwa
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Famous As: Last ruling King of Rwanda
Birthdate: June 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kamembe, Rwanda
Died: October 16, 2016

 46 Marguerite Barankitse

Marguerite Barankitse
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Ruyigi, Burundi

 47 Stella Nyanzi

Stella Nyanzi
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: June 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jinja, Uganda