Famous Black Political Activists

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 1 Harriet Tubman

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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

 2 Manute Bol

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Sudanese, American
Died: June 19, 2010

 3 Alfre Woodard

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Alfre Woodard is an American actress. Considered one of the most accomplished and versatile actresses of her generation, Woodard was named in The New York Times' The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century list in 2020. Also a political activist, Woodard is credited with founding Artists for a New South Africa, which aims at advancing equality in South Africa.

 4 Omarosa Manigault

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Famous As: Writers
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 5 Steve Biko

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Famous As: Anti-apartheid Activist
Birthdate: December 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: South African
Died: September 12, 1977

Civil rights activist Steve Biko, or the Father of Black Consciousness, is remembered for his work against apartheid in South Africa. He founded the Black Consciousness Movement while still a medical school student. He was banned by the pro-apartheid regime in 1973. He was beaten to death in custody.

 6 Bobby Seale

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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: October 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 7 Katrina Pierson

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Famous As: Political Activists
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 8 Mary McLeod Bethune

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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: July 10, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 18, 1955

 9 Faith Alupo

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ugandan
Died: September 15, 2020

 10 Albertina Sisulu

Albertina Sisulu
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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: October 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Died: June 2, 2011

 11 Frederick Chiluba

Frederick Chiluba
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Zambian
Died: June 18, 2011

 12 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

 13 Alice Dunbar Nelson

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 1935

 14 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

 15 Clara Luper

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Famous As: Schoolteacher
Birthdate: May 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 8, 2011

 16 Adelaide Tambo

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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: July 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South African
Died: January 31, 2007

 17 Ayodele Awojobi

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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: March 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerien
Died: September 23, 1984

 18 Steve Tshwete

Steve Tshwete
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South African
Died: April 26, 2002

 19 Khalil Ibrahim

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Nationality: Sudanese
Died: December 23, 2011

 20 Chenjerai Hunzvi

Chenjerai Hunzvi
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: October 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Zimbabwean
Died: June 4, 2001

 21 Oscar Mpetha

Oscar Mpetha
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Famous As: South African political activist
Birthdate: August 5, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South African
Died: November 15, 1994

 22 Thenjiwe Lesabe

Thenjiwe Lesabe
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Zimbabwean
Died: 2011 AD

 23 George Nyandoro

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Zimbabwean
Died: June 24, 1994

 24 Candace Owens

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Famous As: Political Activist, Commentator
Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A political activist of color, Candace Owens first gained visibility as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Having changed her political stance since then, she is now known for her increasingly pro-Trump activism. Her support for Trump and criticism of Black Lives Matter have made her a controversial figure.