Leaders

Ralph Abernathy (1926 – 1990) – American activist, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) official
Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906) – American Women’s suffrage leader, speaker, inspiration
Ella Baker (1903 – 1986) – SCLC activist, initiated Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) – essayist, novelist, public speaker, SNCC activist
Daisy Bates (1914 – 1999)
Dana Beal (1947– ) – pro-hemp activist, organizer, speaker, initiator
Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832) – British philosopher, writer, and teacher on civil rights, inspiration
James Bevel (1936 – 2008) – SCLC’s main strategist, organizer, and Direct Action leader
Claude Black (1916 – 2009)
Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825 – 1921) – founded American Woman Suffrage Association with Lucy Stone in 1869
Julian Bond (1940 –) – activist, politician, scholar, lawyer, NAACP chairman
Lenny Bruce – free speech advocate, comedian, satirist
Lucy Burns (1879 – 1966) – women’s suffrage/voting rights leader
Stokely Carmichael (1941 – 1998) – SNCC and Black Panther activist
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859 – 1947) – suffrage leader, president National American Woman Suffrage Association, founder League of Women Voters and International Alliance of Women
Cesar Chavez (1927 – 1993) – Chicano activist, organizer, trade unionist
Claudette Colvin (1939 –) – Montgomery Bus Boycott pioneer, independent activist
Marvel Cooke (1903 – 2000) – journalist, writer, trade unionist[1]
Humberto “Bert” Corona (1918 – 2001) – labor and civil rights leader
Dorothy Cotton (1930 –) – SCLC official, activist, organizer, and leader
Norris Wright Cuney (1846 – 1898) – Texas politician
Eugene Debs (1855 – 1926) – organizer, campaigner for the poor, women, dissenters, prisoners
Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895) – abolitionist, women’s rights, writer, organizer
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 – 1963) – writer, scholar, founder of NAACP
Charles Evers (1922 –) – Civil Rights Movement activist
Medgar Evers (1925 – 1963) – NAACP official
James Farmer (1920 – 1999) – Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) leader and activist
Louis Farrakhan (1933 –) – Minister, National Representative of the Nation of Islam
James Forman (1928 –2005) – SNCC official and activist
Marie Foster (1917 – 2003) – voting rights activist, local leader in Selma Voting Rights Movement
Betty Friedan (1921 – 2006) – writer, activist, feminist
Mohandas Gandhi (1869 – 1948) – activist, writer, philosopher, inspiration
William Lloyd Garrison (1805 – 1879) – writer, organizer, feminist, initiator
Dick Gregory – civil rights movement, free speech advocate, comedian
Olympe de Gouges (1748 – 1793) – women’s rights pioneer, writer, beheaded during French Revolution
Prathia Hall (1940 – 2002) – SNCC activist, civil rights movement speaker
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917 – 1977) – activist in Mississippi movements
Harry Hay (1912 – 2002) – early leader in American LGBT rights movement, founder Mattachine Society
Lola Hendricks (1932 –) – activist, local leader in Birmingham Movement
Jack Herer (1939 – 2010) – pro-hemp activist, speaker, organizer, author
Gordon Hirabayashi (1918 – 2012) – Japanese-American civil rights hero
Myles Horton (1905 – 1990) – teacher of nonviolence, pioneer activist, Highlander Folk School
T.R.M. Howard (1908 – 1976) – founder of Mississippi’s Regional Council of Negro Leadership
Julia Ward Howe (1818 – 1910) – writer, organizer, suffragette
Dolores Huerta (1930 – ) – labor and civil rights activist
John Peters Humphrey (1905 – 1995) – author of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Jesse Jackson (1941 –) – clergyman, activist, politician
Nellie Stone Johnson (1905 – 2002) – labor and civil rights activist
Abby Kelley (1811 – 1887) – abolitionist and suffragette
Meir Kahane – extremely controversial Jewish rights leader, founder of the Jewish Defense League
Coretta Scott King (1927 – 2006) – SCLC leader, activist

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *