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
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 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.

 3 Andrew Young Jr.

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

 4 Van Jones

Van Jones
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
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 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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. 

 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 Graça Machel

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Mozambican

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.

 9 Denis Mukwege

Denis Mukwege
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Famous As: Gynecologist
Birthdate: March 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Congolese

 10 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

 11 Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

 12 Walter Sisulu

Walter Sisulu
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South African
Died: May 5, 2003

 13 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

 14 David Diop

David Diop
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 9, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: August 29, 1960

 15 Randall Robinson

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

 16 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

 17 Warren Kimbro

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

 18 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

 19 Willie Barrow

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

 20 Linda Masarira

Linda Masarira
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Zimbabwean

 21 Sekai Holland

Sekai Holland
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1942 AD
Nationality: Zimbabwean

 22 Miriam Miranda

Miriam Miranda
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Honduran

 23 Elizabeth Mpofu

Elizabeth Mpofu
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Nationality: Zimbabwean

 24 Tindyebwa Agaba Wise

Tindyebwa Agaba Wise
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Famous As: Emma Thompson's Son
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: British

 25 Rokhaya Diallo

Rokhaya Diallo
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: April 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 26 Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Sierra Leonean

 27 Samuel Cotton

Samuel Cotton
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Famous As: Antislavery activist
Birthdate: January 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 20, 2003