Famous Political Activists - List of Famous Political Activists

Political activists are people who get involved in the political process for the sake of promoting, impeding or raising awareness about a certain issue or set of issues. Political activism typically involves engagement beyond just voting, whether it is through protest, demonstration or lecture. Political activists often pertain on taking a clear stance on an issue, voicing an opinion and working to ensure that the change desired by the political activists comes to take place. Demonstrations of political activism that are performed in an attempt to end a corrupt or unjust system tend to be more disruptive, which sometimes becomes violent. Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most influential non- violent political activists the world ever witnessed. Political activism is most effective when performed with large groups. Community organizers and political leaders see the most sweeping change when the demonstrations and activities are unique enough that the voices of the activists draw a great deal of attention. This is why creative acts of resistance by political activists tend to be so powerful and tend to encourage common people for their participation to bring about the necessary change in the democracy. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous political activists from all over the world.

The Most Famous Political Activists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Garry KasparovApril 13, 1963RussianGarry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time
Serj TankianAugust 21, 1967Lebanese, AmericanSerj Tankian is a famous American singer-songwriter and member of the band, ‘System of a Down’
Susan SontagJanuary 16, 1933AmericanSusan Sontag is an American critical essayist, cultural analyst, novelist, political activist, filmmaker and playwright of international repute
Ilona StallerNovember 26, 1951HungarianIlona Staller is a famous Hungarian adult film star and politician
Huey P. NewtonFebruary 17, 1942AmericanHuey Newton was an African-American political activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party
Cenk UrguyMarch 21, 1970Turkish, AmericanCenk Kadir Urguy is a Turkish-American activist, political commentator and a businessman
Khan Abdul Ghaffar KhanFebruary 6, 1890PakistaniKhan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a political leader and a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi
Edith CowanAugust 2, 1861AustralianEdith Dircksey Cowan (née Brown) was an Australian politician and social campaigner
Steve BikoDecember 18, 1946South AfricanBantu Stephen Biko was a South African philosopher and anti-apartheid activist
Waleed AbulkhairJune 17, 1979Saudi ArabianWaleed Abulkhair is a prominent Saudi Arabian lawyer and human rights activist

Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof is an Irish singer-songwriter, author, a political activist and an occasional actor

IrishOctober 5, 1951160 views

Michael Moore

Michael Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, author, producer, actor and political activist

AmericanApril 23, 1954172 views

Benjamin Spock

Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician, most noted as the author of one of the bestselling nonfiction books of all time ‘Baby and Child Care’

AmericanMay 2, 1903124 views

Catherine Helen Spence

Catherine Helen Spence was a Australian author, journalist, politician, and a leading suffragist

AustralianOctober 31, 1825130 views

Edith Cowan

Edith Dircksey Cowan (née Brown) was an Australian politician and social campaigner

Angela Davis

A former leader of the Communist Party USA, Angela Davis is an American social and political activist, Scholar and writer

AmericanJanuary 26, 1944146 views

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time

RussianApril 13, 1963882 views

Jody Williams

Jody Williams is an American political and peace activist

AmericanOctober 9, 1950151 views

Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese professor, writer, and human rights activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010

ChineseDecember 28, 1955146 views

Feargus OConnor

Feargus O’Connor was a prominent Chartist leader who successfully made Chartism the first working class national movement

BritishJuly 18, 1794110 views