Famous Black Social Activists

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Harriet Tubman
(Activist and Abolitionist Known for Her Efforts in Rescuing Slaves and Abolition of Slavery)
Harriet Tubman
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Birthdate: 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
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.

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Desmond Tutu
(First Black African Archbishop of Cape Town & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
Desmond Tutu
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Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klerksdorp, South Africa
Died: December 26, 2021
Desmond Tutu is known for his anti-Apartheid activism in South Africa. The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, he has also been the Bishop of Johannesburg. His efforts to eradicate AIDS, poverty, anti-LGBT sentiments, and human rights violations earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Paul Robeson
(Singer, Actor, and Black Activist.)
Paul Robeson
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Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 23, 1976

Singer and actor, Paul Robeson, was as much known for his music and films as he was for his political activism. As a black man who had to endure great difficulties to establish himself, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. As a performer, he was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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Chirlane McCray
(Writer, Social Activist)
Chirlane McCray
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Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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Stella Immanuel
(Cameroonian-American Pastor and Physician Who Achieved Notoriety for Her Fringe Claims About Medical Conditions)
Stella Immanuel
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon

Stella Immanuel is a Cameroonian-American pastor and physician. She is best known for her fringe claims about medical conditions. She achieved notoriety in 2020, when she claimed that hydroxychloroquine can cure COVID-19. Stella Immanuel has also endorsed numerous conspiracy theories concerning the Illuminati and aliens. She is also credited with founding a religious organization named Fire Power Ministries.

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Denise Nicholas
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Birthdate: July 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Bayard Rustin
(Activist)
Bayard Rustin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: August 24, 1987
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Carter Woodson
(Historian)
Carter Woodson
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Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia, United States
Died: April 3, 1950

Historian Carter Woodson was is remembered for pioneering Black studies in schools and colleges. He began the Negro History Week, which is now celebrated as the Black History Month. Poverty had pushed him to work in the coal mines initially, and he couldn’t join high school before 20.

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Boots Riley
(Musician)
Boots Riley
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Birthdate: April 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Jonas Savimbi
(Politician)
Jonas Savimbi
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Birthdate: August 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Munhango, Angola
Died: February 22, 2002
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Nkosi Johnson
(Activist)
Nkosi Johnson
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Birthdate: February 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Daveytown, South Africa
Died: June 1, 2001
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Albertina Sisulu
(Political activist)
Albertina Sisulu
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Birthdate: October 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsomo, South Africa
Died: June 2, 2011
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Theaster Gates
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Birthdate: August 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
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Septima Poinsette Clark
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Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Died: December 15, 1987
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Geoffrey Canada
(Educator)
Geoffrey Canada
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Birthdate: January 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
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Toni Cade Bambara
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Birthdate: March 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 1995
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Nimco Ali
(Feminist and Social Activist Known for Her Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation)
Nimco Ali
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Somali Democratic Republic

British Somali social activist and feminist icon Nimco Ali is known for her association with The Girl Generation, a campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). Being a victim of genital mutilation herself, she later established the organization Daughters of Eve and The Five Foundation to battle FGM.

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Faith Alupo
(Politician)
Faith Alupo
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Birthdate: October 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Uganda
Died: September 15, 2020
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Hodan Nalayeh
(Social activist)
Hodan Nalayeh
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Somalia
Died: July 12, 2019
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Allan Boesak
(South African Church Cleric and Politician)
Allan Boesak
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Birthdate: February 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kakamas, South Africa

Allan Boesak is a South African Dutch Reformed Church cleric and politician. He is also a prominent anti-apartheid activist. Along with Winnie Mandela and Beyers Naude, Boesak won the 1985 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. A liberation theologian, he has served as the president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. His career has been marred by many controversies. 

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Efua Sutherland
(Playwright)
Efua Sutherland
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Birthdate: June 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Coast, Ghana
Died: January 2, 1996
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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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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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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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Clara Luper
(Schoolteacher)
Clara Luper
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Birthdate: May 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: June 8, 2011
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Leyla Hussein
(Psychotherapist)
Leyla Hussein
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Birthdate: 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Somalia
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Ifrah Ahmed
(Social activist)
Ifrah Ahmed
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Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
Born in Somalia, Ifrah Ahmed fled to Ireland as a refugee at age 17. A victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child, she later formed the Ifrah Foundation and the United Youth of Ireland to offer help to immigrants and succeeded in getting the anti-FGM bill passed in Ireland.
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Adé Bantu
(Musician, Singer, Social Activist)
Adé Bantu
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Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
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Zainab Bangura
(Politician)
Zainab Bangura
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Birthdate: December 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yonibana, Sierra Leone
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Fartuun Adan
(Social Activist)
Fartuun Adan
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Somalia
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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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Asadata Dafora
(Musician)
Asadata Dafora
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Birthdate: August 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Freetown, British Sierra Leone
Died: March 4, 1965
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Semhar Araia
(Lawyer, professor and activist)
Semhar Araia
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: New York City, United States
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Mabel Keaton Staupers
(Pioneer in the American Nursing Profession Who Fought for Racial Equality in the Field of Nursing)
Mabel Keaton Staupers
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Birthdate: February 27, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barbados Island, Barbados
Died: November 29, 1989

Mabel Keaton Staupers was a Caribbean-American nurse best remembered as a pioneer in the field of nursing in the USA. Staupers fought for racial equality in the field of nursing and supported the inclusion of black nurses into the US Navy and Army during the Second World War.

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John Joseph Egan
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Birthdate: October 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States
Died: May 19, 2001