An American campaigner for women's right to vote. Anthony also took a prominent role in the New York anti-slavery and temperance movements. In 1836, at age 16, Susan collected two boxes of petitions opposing slavery, in response to the gag rule prohibiting such petitions in the House of Representatives. She was the first woman on a US coin.
(1901-1993); Stopped by the Daughters of the Revolution from singing in Constitution Hall in 1939 because she was black; she sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with Eleanor Roosevelt at her side. She also worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a "goodwill ambassadress" for the United States Department of State. She was active in supporting the civil rights movement during the 1960s, giving benefit concerts for the Congress of Racial Equality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Escaped slave preached against slavery and for equal rights for women.
D. Oct 24th 2005 -- Famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey, bus driver James Blake's demand that she relinquish her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
D. March 6, 2006. Wife of Christopher Reeve (Superman) and a founder of the Christopher Reeve Foundation
Political activist. Born 1943
Civil Rights Activist and Senator. Born 1944
Founder of Chernobyl Children's Project International
And entrepreneur born 1954
Scholar of Lakota traditions and western technology
Co-founder, AIM (American Indian Movement); b. 1937
B. 1939; co-founder with Dennis Banks of the American Indian Movement (AIM)
For seven decades he fought the good fight for what he called 'radical humanism', fought in Spain against Hitler and Mussolini with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and made the 1974 award winning documentary film, " Dreams and Nightmares". b. 15 October, 1915 d. 6 April, 2008
Lead protests against the loss of Māori land. Lead a hikoi (symbolic march) from the northern tip of the North Island to Parliament in Wellington
D. February 4, 2006. an American feminist, activist and writer, best known for starting what is commonly known as the "Second Wave" of feminism through the writing of her book The Feminine Mystique.
Terkel was the ageless master of listening and speaking, a broadcaster, activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose best-selling oral histories celebrated the common people, the ordinary working-class he liked to call the "non-celebrated". b. 12 May 1912 (New York City, USA) d. 31 October 2008 (Chicago, IL, USA - his adopted home town)
South African Singer and Activist. Known as 'Mama Africa', her songs inspired millions to continue the struggle against apartheid. In the United States she became a star, touring with Harry Belafonte in the 1960s and winning a Grammy award with him in 1965 for “An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba.” Such was her following and fame that she sang in 1962 at the birthday party of President John F. Kennedy. She also performed with Paul Simon in his “Graceland” concert in Zimbabwe in 1987. b. 4 March 1932 (Johannesburg, South Africa) d. 10 November 2008 (Castel Volturno, Italy)
African-American Singer, Actress, Guitarist, Songwriter, and Human Rights Activist. Known as 'Odetta', she was often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential musically and ideologically to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. b. 31 December 1930 (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) d. 2 December 2008 (NYC, NY, USA)
Co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation to work "to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us"
Representative for the Inuit people at the regional, national and international level; b. 1953
1820-1906; leader in the women's suffrage movement
Civil rights leader, 1913-2005
Leader of the Women's Movement and member of Congress, 1920-1998
Co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement; candidate for canonization
Credited as being the first American feminist, 1793-1880
Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, 1797; abolitionist, women's rights activist (her speech, "Ain't I a Woman?," in 1851, galvanized the women's movement)
Abolitionist, advocated armed insurrection as a means to end slavery; hanged, 1859
Born into slavery, 1818; orator, writer and statesman; became leader of the abolitionist movement
Escaped slave, made 13 missions to rescue more than 70 other slaves; Union spy in the Civil War and activist for women's suffrage after the war; c. 1820-1913
Abolitionist, early figure in the woman's movement; 1815-1902
Active in civil rights and trade unionism
Slave who sued unsuccessfully for his freedom in the famous Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857; died, 1858
Sister of John F. Kennedy; founded the precursor to the Special Olympics
Born 1917, Norwegian activist for international solidarity and women's rights
Born 1927; American civil rights activist and wife of 1960s civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leader in the New Left and anti Vietnam movements of the 60's and 70's (1903-1998)
Refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person and was arrested. The US Congress called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".
American folk singer and social activist
Anti-apartheid revolutionary; served as President of the African National Congress from 1991 to 1997