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

Shaun King Shaun King
American

Rosa Parks Rosa Parks
American

Stokely Carmichael Stokely Carmichael
Guinean, Trinidadian, American

Lena Horne Lena Horne
American

Harvey Milk Harvey Milk
American

Audre Lorde Audre Lorde
American

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Miriam Makeba Miriam Makeba
South African

Viola Desmond Viola Desmond
Canadian, American

Lucy Stone Lucy Stone
American

Edith Dircksey Cowan Edith Cowan
Australian

Marsha P. JohnsonMarsha P. Johnson
American

Jane ElliottJane Elliott
American

Alicia GarzaAlicia Garza
American

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
American
Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz
American
Sylvia RiveraSylvia Rivera
American

Bernice KingBernice King
American

Tarana BurkeTarana Burke
American

Leonard PeltierLeonard Peltier
American
Ruby DeeRuby Dee
American

Bayard RustinBayard Rustin
American
Alveda KingAlveda King
American

Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal
Indian

James MeredithJames Meredith
American
Hines WardHines Ward
American, South Korean

Wendell WillkieWendell Willkie
American
Ralph AbernathyRalph Abernathy
American

Dolores HuertaDolores Huerta
American

Ella BakerElla Baker
American
Harry HayHarry Hay
American

Myrlie Evers-WilliamsMyrlie Evers-Williams
American
Max RoachMax Roach
American

Mohamed BouaziziMohamed Bouazizi
Tunisian

Joseph LoweryJoseph Lowery
American

Vernon JordanVernon Jordan
American
Lorena BorjasLorena Borjas
Mexican, American

James BevelJames Bevel
American

Amelia Boynton RobinsonAmelia Boynton Robinson
American

Ruth BrownRuth Brown
American

William KunstlerWilliam Kunstler
American
James FormanJames Forman
American

Gabriel ProsserGabriel Prosser
American
Whitney YoungWhitney Young
American

Roy InnisRoy Innis
American

William Monroe TrotterWilliam Monroe Trotter
American
Derrick BellDerrick Bell
American

C. Delores TuckerC. Delores Tucker
American
Mariela CastroMariela Castro
Cuban

Septima Poinsette ClarkSeptima Poinsette Clark
American
Gloria RichardsonGloria Richardson
American

Frances LearFrances Lear
American

Barthélemy BogandaBarthélemy Boganda
Central African
Ki Hajar DewantaraKi Hajar Dewantara
Indonesian

Walter WhiteWalter White
American
Jo Ann RobinsonJo Ann Robinson
American