List of Famous Peace Activists People

List of Famous Peace Activists

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List of famous peace activists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top peace activists in the world? This includes the most prominent peace activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable peace activists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic peace activists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned peace activists.

List contains people like Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.

From reputable, prominent, and well known peace activists to the lesser known peace activists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the peace activist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous peace activists ever?" and "What are the names of famous peace activists?" then you're in the right place. (96 items)

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    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author, + more
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    John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in Liverpool, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help!, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, + more
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    Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more
    • Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Spies Like Us, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help!, + more
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    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous, + more
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    Harry Belafonte
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    Harry Belafonte is an author.more

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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Bobby, Kansas City, Uptown Saturday Night, White Man's Burden, Carmen Jones, + more
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    Martin Niemöller
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    Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller was a German anti-Nazi, theologian and Lutheran pastor. He is best known for his statement "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist ...... and there was no one left to speak for me." Although he was a national ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1892-1984)
    • Birthplace: Lippstadt, Germany
    • Profession: Pacifist, Pastor
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    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma —applied to him first in 1914 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Porbandar, Porbandar district, Gujarat
    • Profession: Politician, Writer, Philosopher, Lawyer
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    Daniel Ellsberg is an activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Economist
    • Credits: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, The Sixties: The Years That Shaped the Generation
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    Frances Crowe

    Frances Crowe
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    Frances Crowe is an American peace activist and pacifist from the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.more

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    • Age: age 96
    • Birthplace: United States of America
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    Martin Luther King is a fictional character in the film Theme of the Traitor and the Hero.more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1929-1968)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion
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    Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award. Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl, ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: 9 to 5, Cat Ballou, The Butler, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, + more
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    Dick Gregory
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    Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory is an American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, conspiracy theorist, writer and entrepreneur. Gregory is an influential American comedian who has used his performance skills to convey to both white and black audiences his political message on civil rights.more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Entrepreneur, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: The Hot Chick, Steppin: The Movie, H.M.S. Defiant, One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern, Letter to the President, + more
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    Rigoberta Menchú Tum is an indigenous Guatemalan woman, of the K'iche' ethnic group. Menchú has dedicated her life publicizing the rights of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War, and to promote indigenous rights in the country. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Uspantán, Guatemala
    • Profession: Politician, Writer
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    Abbie Hoffman
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    Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman was an American political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party. Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to riot as a result of his role in protests that led to violent confrontations with police during the 1968 Democratic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1936-1989)
    • Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychologist, Actor, Writer, Social activist
    • Credits: Born on the Fourth of July, Steal This Movie!, Brand X, Chords of Fame
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    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1918-2013)
    • Birthplace: Mvezo, South Africa
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Peace activist, Philanthropist, Social activist, + more
    • Credits: Malcolm X, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Death of Apartheid
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    Emma Goldman
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    Emma Goldman was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire, Goldman emigrated to the US in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1869-1940)
    • Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
    • Profession: Public speaker, Writer, Social activist
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    Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1945-1981)
    • Birthplace: Jamaica
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Credits: Want So Much To Believe, Third World
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    Andrew Carnegie
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    Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He is also well known as a leading philanthropist. He gave away to charities and foundations about $350 million – almost 90 percent of his fortune. His 1889 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1835-1919)
    • Birthplace: Dunfermline, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Jane Addams
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    Jane Addams was a pioneer American settlement social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. In an era when presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson identified themselves as reformers and social activists, Addams was one of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1860-1935)
    • Birthplace: Cedarville, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Author, Physician, Social activist
    • Credits: Shoes
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    Robert F. Kennedy
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    Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts. He served as a Senator for New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was previously the 64th U.S. Attorney General from 1961 to 1964, serving under his older brother, President ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1925-1968)
    • Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Writer, Lawyer
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