Male 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 Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo
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Famous As: Author & Poet
Birthdate: February 26, 1802
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: May 22, 1885

Victor Hugo was a French poet, dramatist, and novelist of the Romantic movement. Regarded as one of the best-known and greatest French writers of all time, Victor Hugo wrote abundantly during his career that spanned over six decades. Thanks to his works, such as Hernani and Cromwell, Victor Hugo was one of the leading figures of the Romantic literary movement.

 3 Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Michael Bolton is an American singer-songwriter who has sold over 75 million records so far. Apart from recording several top 10 albums on the Billboard charts, Bolton also has several prestigious awards under his belt, such as Grammy Awards. Also known for his charity work, Bolton set up the Michael Bolton Foundation in order to aid children and women.

 4 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.

 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 Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo
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Famous As: Chinese Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: December 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Chinese

Liu Xiaobo was a Chinese activist, literary critic, and philosopher. He is best remembered for organizing campaigns that aimed at ending the one-party rule in China. He was honored with the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle for human rights in China. Liu is the first Chinese citizen to be honored with a Nobel Prize while residing in China.

 7 Andrew Young Jr.

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

Ed Roberts
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Famous As: American disability rights activist
Birthdate: January 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 14, 1995

 9 Andrew Koenig

Andrew Koenig
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 14, 2010

 10 Ramsey Clark

Ramsey Clark
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Famous As: American lawyer
Birthdate: December 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 11 Denis Mukwege

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

 12 Roy Jenkins

Roy Jenkins
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: January 5, 2003

 13 Geronimo Pratt

Geronimo Pratt
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Famous As: Civil rights advocate, Human rights activist, Vietnam veteran
Birthdate: September 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 2011

 14 Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant
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Famous As: Founder of the Red Cross
Birthdate: May 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swiss
Died: October 30, 1910

Henry Dunant was a Swiss businessman, social activist, and humanitarian. He is credited with co-founding and promoting the Red Cross. In 1901, he became the first Swiss Nobel laureate when he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dunant is also credited with founding the Swiss branch of YMCA. His life inspired the 1948 historical drama film, Man to Men.

 15 Alan Lomax

Alan Lomax
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Famous As: Folklorist
Birthdate: January 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 19, 2002

 16 Jack Herer

Jack Herer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 2010

 17 Ziauddin Yousafzai

Ziauddin Yousafzai
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Famous As: Education Activist, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Pakistani
Better known as Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai has himself been an education activist since his early days. He opened his chain of schools in the Swat Valley of Pakistan soon after completing his master’s degree. He now runs the Malala Fund to empower girls.

 18 Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger
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Famous As: Canadian Author
Birthdate: December 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

 19 Mangosuthu Buthelezi

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

 20 Marquis de Condorcet

Marquis de Condorcet
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher
Birthdate: September 17, 1743
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: March 28, 1794

 21 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

 22 Eduard Limonov

Eduard Limonov
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Famous As: Writer, Dissident, Politician, Poet, Human rights activist, Journalist
Birthdate: February 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French, Russian

 23 Walter Reuther

Walter Reuther
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 9, 1970

 24 Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Politician, Human rights activist, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 6, 1994

 25 Vladimir Bukovsky

Vladimir Bukovsky
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Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian

 26 Chico Mendes

Chico Mendes
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Famous As: Brazilian environmentalist
Birthdate: December 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: December 22, 1988

 27 Bogd Khan

Bogd Khan
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Famous As: Mongolian head of state
Birthdate: 1869 AD
Nationality: Mongolian
Died: May 20, 1924

 28 Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky
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Famous As: Politician, Writer, Mathematician, Human rights activist
Birthdate: January 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Israeli

 29 Charles Perkins

Charles Perkins
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Famous As: Soccer player
Birthdate: June 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: October 18, 2000

 30 Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel
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Famous As: Historian, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Medical writer, Human rights activist, Journalist
Birthdate: February 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Fazle Hasan Abed

Fazle Hasan Abed
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Famous As: Social Worker
Birthdate: April 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Bangladeshi

 32 Maziar Bahari

Maziar Bahari
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Famous As: Film director, Journalist, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 33 Levi Coffin

Levi Coffin
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: October 28, 1798
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 16, 1877

 34 Jan Egeland

Jan Egeland
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Norwegian

 35 Granville Sharp

Granville Sharp
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: November 10, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: July 6, 1813

 36 Serge Klarsfeld

Serge Klarsfeld
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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: September 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 37 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

 38 Hussein-Ali Montazeri

Hussein-Ali Montazeri
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Iranian
Died: December 20, 2009

 39 Peter Benenson

Peter Benenson
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: July 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: February 25, 2005

 40 Harry Wu

Harry Wu
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese
Died: April 26, 2016

 41 Yuri Orlov

Yuri Orlov
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 27, 2020

 42 Roy Campbell

Roy Campbell
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 2, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
Died: April 23, 1957

 43 Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician, Human rights activist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 44 Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: November 26, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Argentinian

 45 Fang Lizhi

Fang Lizhi
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Famous As: Astrophysicist
Birthdate: February 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese
Died: April 6, 2012

 46 Frédéric Ozanam

Frédéric Ozanam
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 23, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: September 8, 1853

 47 Manning Marable

Manning Marable
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 2011

 48 Vann Nath

Vann Nath
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: September 5, 2011

 49 David Diop

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

 50 Randall Robinson

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