Social Activists

Social activists play a vital role in bringing about positive change in the society. Here is a list of famous social activists from all over the world. This list of famous social activists includes names like Ben Shapiro, Jeffrey Wright, Torrey DeVito, Mena Suvari, Bryan Stevenson and many more.

 1 Ben Shapiro

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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 2 Martin Sheen

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Spanish, Irish, American

 3 Kate Walsh

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 4 Eartha Kitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 5 Marlo Thomas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 6 Mary Ann Shadd

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 5, 1893

 7 Torrey DeVitto

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Torrey DeVitto is best known as Melissa Hastings from Pretty Little Liars, Dr. Natalie Manning in Chicago Med, and Carrie in One Tree Hill. Fans also loved her in The Vampire Diaries and Army Wives. She is a Hospice ambassador and has supported campaigns for mental-health awareness and animal rights.
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 8 W.E.B. Du Bois

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Famous As: Journalist, Educator, Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: 1868 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1963 AD

 9 Mena Suvari

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Mena Suvari soared to fame with her SAG Award-winning role of Angela Hayes in American Beauty. Fans also loved her in the American Pie movies and the horror anthology American Horror Story. She also appeared as Edie in Six Feet Under. Mena endorses Lancôme cosmetics and uses cruelty-free products only.

 10 Bryan Stevenson

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Lawyer and social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson, is known for challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. He advocates for the poor, fights for children’s rights, and condemns the death penalty. He is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. He was honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award from the American Philosophical Society.

 11 Jeffrey Wright

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Jeffrey Wright is a popular American actor. A self-made man, Jeffrey Wright overcame many childhood problems, including the demise of his father, to become an award-winning actor. Jeffrey Wright serves as an inspiration to many black Americans. In 2011, he established a gold exploration company called Taia Lion Resources, which provided employment to several Americans.

 12 Carroll O’Connor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 21, 2001

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, director, and producer. In a TV career that spanned 40 years, O'Connor popularized several fictional characters, including Archie Bunker from the sitcom All in the Family, for which he received four Emmy Awards. In 1996, he was ranked 38th on the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list published by TV Guide.

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 13 Brene Brown

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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: November 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 14 Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, Nepalese

 15 Amala Akkineni

Amala Akkineni
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 16 Essence Atkins

Essence Atkins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 17 Alexandra Elbakyan

Alexandra Elbakyan
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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: November 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Kazakh

 18 John C McGinley

John C McGinley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 19 Betty Ford

Betty Ford
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 8, 2011

 20 Desmond Tutu

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Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist
Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African
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.

 21 Thich Quang Duc

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Famous As: Vietnamese monk
Birthdate: 1897 AD
Nationality: Vietnamese
Died: June 11, 1963

 22 Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 23 Karamo Brown

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 24 Jason Ralph

Jason Ralph
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 25 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nicaraguan, British

 26 David Bale

David Bale
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, South African
Died: December 30, 2003

 27 Melissa Mathison

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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 4, 2015

 28 Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 29 Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 30 Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 31 Will Geer

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 22, 1978

 32 Gautami

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 33 Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: September 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 34 Laurie Holden

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 35 Lauren Parsekian

Lauren Parsekian
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Famous As: Director, Activist, Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 Matt McGorry

Matt McGorry
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 37 Alexandra Paul

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 38 Anne-Marie Johnson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 39 Chirlane McCray

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Famous As: Writer, Social Activist
Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 40 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 15, 2007

 41 Ai Weiwei

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese

 42 Robin Cavendish

Robin Cavendish
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: March 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: August 8, 1994

 43 Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 44 Jonas Savimbi

Jonas Savimbi
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Famous As: Angolan Political leader
Birthdate: August 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Angolan
Died: February 22, 2002

 45 Columba Bush

Columba Bush
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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Mexican, American

 46 Daniel Franzese

Daniel Franzese
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 47 Cassie Scerbo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 48 Mary Williams

Mary Williams
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 49 Denise Nicholas

Denise Nicholas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 50 Boots Riley

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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