Famous Civil Rights Activists - List of Famous Civil Rights Activists - page 4

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.

The Most Famous Civil Rights Activists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Muhammad AliJanuary 17, 1942AmericanMuhammad Ali was a legendary boxer who became the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion
Ida B. WellsJuly 16, 1862AmericanIda Bell Wells-Barnett was an African-American journalist, suffragist and a civil rights activist
Ruby BridgesSeptember 8, 1954AmericanRuby Bridges is renowned for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school
Malcolm XMay 19, 1925AmericanMalcolm X was a renowned African-American Sunni Muslim civil rights activist
Lena HorneJune 30, 1917AmericanLena Horne was a famous American actress and civil rights activist and is remembered for her roles in ‘The Duke Is Tops’ and ‘Cabin in the Sky’
Stokely CarmichaelJune 29, 1941Trinidadian, AmericanStokely Carmichael was a Trinidadian-American leader of the ‘American Civil Rights Movement’, known for his radical theories
Thomas ClarksonMarch 28, 1760BritishThomas Clarkson was an English abolitionist and the main force in bringing about the Slave Trade Act
Edith CowanAugust 2, 1861AustralianEdith Dircksey Cowan (née Brown) was an Australian politician and social campaigner
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.November 29, 1908AmericanAdam Clayton Powell Junior was a well-known pastor, a civil rights activist and a renowned politician of the 20th century United States
Claudette ColvinSeptember 5, 1939AmericanClaudette Colvin is an African-American civil rights activist
Viola Liuzzo

Viola Liuzzo

Viola Liuzzowas an American Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist

AmericanApril 11, 1925131 views

James Farmer

James Farmer was a civil rights activist and leader of the Civil Rights Movement who staged nonviolent protests against racial discrimination in America

AmericanJanuary 12, 1920194 views

William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison was a well-known social reformer of the nineteenth century America

AmericanDecember 12, 1805138 views

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette is an American actress

AmericanMarch 27, 1969173 views

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, also known as ‘the first lady of civil rights’ and ‘the mother of the freedom movement’, was a famous African-American civil rights activist

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was a noted Afro-American writer, educationist, feminist, and civil rights activist

AmericanFebruary 18, 1934153 views

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a legendary boxer who became the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion

AmericanJanuary 17, 1942552 views

Malcolm X

Malcolm X was a renowned African-American Sunni Muslim civil rights activist

AmericanMay 19, 1925319 views

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson is an American civil rights activist

AmericanOctober 8, 1941161 views

James Baldwin

James Baldwin was an American writer and social critic, best known for his debut novel, ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’

AmericanAugust 2, 1924183 views