Peace Activists

A peace activist may refer to any person who believes and advocates non-violent, diplomatic, non-military forms of resolution to political problems and disputes. A person who strongly opposes the notion of war and any kind of violent military action can be defined as a peace activist. One of the main objectives of peace activists is to create awareness about the harmful effect of violence in the society and promote peace and end all kinds of wars. A peace activist will promote diplomatic resolutions, non-violent resistance, pacifism, boycotts, moral purchasing, peace camps and other forms of peaceful campaigns to end any kind of violence. The idea of peace activism originated after many countries suffered the devastating effects of the World War II, after which many of these countries included peace in their constitutions, during the post war period. Some of the peace movements include, anti-nuclear movements, anti-weapons movement, anti-war campaigns, non-violence movements and campaigns, among many others. Peace activists aim to highlight to the world the illogicality of violent conflicts and spread awareness about peace and harmony. Learn more fascinating and enlightening facts, continue to read on about some of the famous peace activists, with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Julie Christie

Julie Christie
Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: April 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chabua, Assam, British India

 2 Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Mike Farrell is an American actor known for playing, Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, in the popular war comedy-drama TV series, M*A*S*H. Farrell's journey from being born into a working-class family to becoming a famous Hollywood actor is quite inspiring. Also a political and social activist, Farrell has worked on several activist campaigns. In 2001, he was honored with PETA's Humanitarian Award.

 3 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Managua, Nicaragua

Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan social rights advocate. She is credited with founding the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, where she is currently serving as the chairperson. For her work as a humanitarian, Jagger has received several awards, including the Champion of Justice Award. A former actress, Jagger appeared in many movies and TV shows throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

 4 Alexandra Paul

Alexandra Paul
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York

 5 Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon LaRouche
Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: February 12, 2019

 6 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

 7 David Dellinger

David Dellinger
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 25, 2004
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 8 Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houlton, Maine, U.S.
Died: August 25, 1985

 9 Michael Franti

Michael Franti
Famous As: Musician, Musician, Peace Activist
Birthdate: April 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.

 10 Dick Cusack

Dick Cusack
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Died: June 2, 2003

 11 Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys
Famous As: Sculptor, Choreographer, Painter, University teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krefeld
Died: January 23, 1986

 12 Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olympia, Washington, United States
Died: March 16, 2003
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 13 Rigoberta Menchú

Rigoberta Menchú
Famous As: Activist,Politician,Author
Birthdate: January 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laj Chimel

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Guatemalan activist is known for her fight for the rights of indigenous people and women. Her entire family was accused of participating in guerrilla activities, brutalized, and killed by the Guatemalan army. She has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and founded the first Guatemalan indigenous political party.

 14 Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

 15 Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan
Famous As: Peace activist, Theologian, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Virginia
Died: April 30, 2016

 16 Bertha von Suttner

Bertha von Suttner
Famous As: Pacifist, First Woman to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize
Birthdate: June 9, 1843
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire
Died: June 21, 1914

Once a governess of the four daughters of the affluent Suttner family, Bertha von Suttner later married the sisters’ elder brother, Baron Arthur Gundaccar von Suttner. The Austrian novelist was known for her peace activism, which made her the first female to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

 17 E. P. Thompson

E. P. Thompson
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: February 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: August 28, 1993

 18 Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari
Famous As: Former President of Finland
Birthdate: June 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)

Martti Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician who served as the tenth president of Finland; he was in office from 1994 to 2000. In 2008, he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for playing an important role in resolving long-lasting and serious conflicts, such as the ones in Namibia and Iraq. In 2008, he was also awarded the Delta Prize for Global Understanding.

 19 Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: July 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, U.S

 20 Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee
Famous As: Peace activist
Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monrovia

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist who played an important role in leading the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, a nonviolent peace movement. The movement played a significant role in ending the Second Liberian Civil War. In 2011, Gbowee shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Tawakkul Karman and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her work concerning women's rights.

 21 Carl von Ossietzky

Carl von Ossietzky
Famous As: German Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Birthdate: October 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg
Died: May 4, 1938
German journalist Carl von Ossietzky was part of the army during World War I. Later, through a series of articles in his magazine Weltbühne, he exposed the Reichswehr leaders’ secret rearmament plans. He was later tortured in a camp and forbidden to leave Germany to collect his Nobel Peace Prize.

 22 Peace Pilgrim

Peace Pilgrim
Famous As: Peace activist
Birthdate: July 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Egg Harbor City
Died: July 7, 1981

 23 David Starr Jordan

David Starr Jordan
Famous As: Botanist, Peace activist, Zoologist, Autobiographer, Ichthyologist
Birthdate: January 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gainesville (village), New York
Died: September 19, 1931

 24 Joseph Rotblat

Joseph Rotblat
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 31, 2005

 25 Betty Williams

Betty Williams
Famous As: Activists
Birthdate: May 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast

Betty Williams was a peace activist from Northern Ireland. She was the president of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International and headed the Global Children's Foundation. She and Mairead Corrigan were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976. She traveled the world and lectured on topics of peace, education, anti-extremism, inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding, and children's rights. 

 26 Michael Culver

Michael Culver
Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampstead

 27 Philip Berrigan

Philip Berrigan
Famous As: Peace activist
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Two Harbors, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 6, 2002

 28 Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire
Famous As: Peace Activist
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast

Mairead Maguire is a peace activist from Northern Ireland. Along with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, she co-founded the Women for Peace (now known as Community for Peace People). Maguire and Williams received the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. More recently, she was involved in discussions around the Rohingya crisis. She has also called for the abolition of all armies.

 29 Jody Williams

Jody Williams
Famous As: Political & Peace Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rutland, Vermont, United States

 30 Kenneth E. Boulding

Kenneth E. Boulding
Famous As: Economist, University teacher, Philosopher, Author, Poet
Birthdate: January 18, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: March 18, 1993

 31 The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
Famous As: Chaplain
Birthdate: June 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 2006

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was a Christian clergyman and peace activist. A multi-talented person, Coffin took part in peace movements and the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s and 1970s. He was also a talented pianist, athlete, and CIA officer during his younger days. He was honored with prestigious awards, such as World War II Victory Medal. 

 32 Jaime Garzón

Jaime Garzón
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
Died: August 13, 1999

 33 Roger Nash Baldwin

Roger Nash Baldwin
Famous As: Sociologist, Trade unionist
Birthdate: January 21, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Died: August 26, 1981

 34 Henri Bourassa

Henri Bourassa
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 1, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: August 31, 1952

 35 Frédéric Passy

Frederic Passy
Famous As: Economist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Birthdate: May 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: June 12, 1912

Frédéric Passy was a French pacifist and economist. He is credited with co-founding the Inter-Parliamentary Union as well as many peace societies, such as the Société Française pour l'Arbitrage entre Nations. He is best known for his involvement in the European peace movement, for which he received the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. 

 36 Toyohiko Kagawa

Toyohiko Kagawa
Famous As: Peace Activist
Birthdate: July 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Died: April 23, 1960

 37 Alec Reid

Alec Reid
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: August 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died: November 22, 2013

 38 Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris

Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris
Famous As: Justice of the Peace
Birthdate: August 8, 1812
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Spencer, New York, United States
Died: April 3, 1902

 39 Eagle Woman

Eagle Woman
Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: South Dakota, United States
Died: December 18, 1888

 40 Randal Cremer

Randal Cremer
Famous As: British Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Birthdate: March 18, 1828
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fareham
Died: July 22, 1908

 41 Fenner Brockway

Fenner Brockway
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 1, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, British India
Died: April 28, 1988

 42 Eugen Drewermann

Eugen Drewermann
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berghamen, Germany

 43 Salah Choudhury

Salah Choudhury
Famous As: The editor of The Weekly Blitz
Birthdate: January 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sylhet

 44 Mary Emma Woolley

Mary Emma Woolley
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: July 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 5, 1947

 45 May Wright Sewall

May Wright Sewall
Famous As: Reformer
Birthdate: May 27, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: July 22, 1920

 46 Sumaya Farhat Naser

Sumaya Farhat Naser
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: June 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birzeit

 47 Ōmi Komaki

Ōmi Komaki
Famous As: Translator, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akita
Died: October 29, 1978

 48 Fuki Kushida

Fuki Kushida
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
Died: February 5, 2001
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