List of famous civil rights activists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

A civil rights activist is one who is actively or non-actively involved or participates in various rights of civil movements in a nation in order to facilitate equal opportunity to all the members in the society. A civil rights activist will campaign and work towards the protection and implementation of various civil rights like personal rights, entitlements, freedoms, civil liberties that a person is entitled to receive naturally by being a citizen of a particular nation. Some of the important civil rights include, right to equality, right to physical and mental integrity, protection from any kind of discrimination, rights to privacy among many other civil rights and liberties. A civil rights activist may be involved in various cases where there have been a breach of civil rights and , he /she may be involved in various kinds of campaigns, protests or demonstrations. Civil rights movement came into existence in the 1960’s, after the world witnessed a series of political movements. In 1966, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognized the concept of civil rights on a global level. Read on, for more information on the world’s famous civil rights activists, with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Malcolm X Malcolm X
American
Rosa Parks Rosa Parks
American

Shaun King Shaun King
American

Harvey Milk Harvey Milk
American
Lena Horne Lena Horne
American

Stokely Carmichael Stokely Carmichael
Guinean, Trinidadian, American

Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba
South African

Audre Lorde Audre Lorde
American

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Viola Desmond Viola Desmond
Canadian, American

Lucy Stone Lucy Stone
American

Edith Dircksey Cowan Edith Cowan
Australian

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
American
Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz
American

Fred HamptonFred Hampton
American

Tarana BurkeTarana Burke
American

Jane ElliottJane Elliott
American
Joseph LoweryJoseph Lowery
American
Marsha P. JohnsonMarsha P. Johnson
American

Ruby DeeRuby Dee
American

Leonard PeltierLeonard Peltier
American

Bernice KingBernice King
American
Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal
Indian

Wendell WillkieWendell Willkie
American
Hines WardHines Ward
American, South Korean

Dolores HuertaDolores Huerta
American

Lorena BorjasLorena Borjas
Mexican, American
James MeredithJames Meredith
American

Bayard RustinBayard Rustin
American
Alicia GarzaAlicia Garza
American

Alveda KingAlveda King
American

Sylvia RiveraSylvia Rivera
American
Ralph AbernathyRalph Abernathy
American

Max RoachMax Roach
American
Harry HayHarry Hay
American

Mohamed BouaziziMohamed Bouazizi
Tunisian

Ella BakerElla Baker
American

Vernon JordanVernon Jordan
American
Ruth BrownRuth Brown
American

William KunstlerWilliam Kunstler
American

James BevelJames Bevel
American

Myrlie Evers-WilliamsMyrlie Evers-Williams
American

Amelia Boynton RobinsonAmelia Boynton Robinson
American
Gabriel ProsserGabriel Prosser
American

Whitney YoungWhitney Young
American
C. Delores TuckerC. Delores Tucker
American

Mariela CastroMariela Castro
Cuban

Roy InnisRoy Innis
American
Derrick BellDerrick Bell
American

James FormanJames Forman
American
Septima Poinsette ClarkSeptima Poinsette Clark
American

Frances LearFrances Lear
American
Ki Hajar DewantaraKi Hajar Dewantara
Indonesian

William Monroe TrotterWilliam Monroe Trotter
American

Barthélemy BogandaBarthélemy Boganda
Central African
Gordon HirabayashiGordon Hirabayashi
American

Walter WhiteWalter White
American
Jo Ann RobinsonJo Ann Robinson
American