Skip to Content

Famous Activists

Civil Rights Icons

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks: Timeline of Her Life, Montgomery Bus Boycott and Death

frederick douglass posing for camera in a suit

Frederick Douglass

W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

malcom x in suit and tie

Malcolm X

richard loving

Richard Loving

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the Freedom March on Washington in 1963
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Legacy

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Famous Speech Almost Didn’t Have the Phrase 'I Have a Dream'

After staying up until 4 a.m. to craft a speech he hoped would have the same impact as the Gettysburg Address, MLK went off-script for his most iconic words.
By Rachel Chang
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Groundbreaking Women

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Change Makers


Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Photo

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

preview for Booker T. Washington - Mini Biography

Booker T. Washington - Mini Biography

In 1881, Booker T. Washington founded the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which focused on training African Americans in agricultural pursuits. A political adviser and writer, Washington clashed with intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois.

More Famous Activists

twitter icon
facebook icon
instagram icon
A Part of Hearst Digital Media

A Part of Hearst Digital Media

We may earn commission from links on this page, but we only recommend products we back.

©Hearst Magazine Media, Inc. Site contains certain content that is owned A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Biography and associated logos are trademarks of A+E Networks®protected in the US and other countries around the globe.