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The Greatest Black Female Activists

Updated December 11, 2019 40 items

This list is celebrating black female activists you should know. From Harriet Tubman in the 1800s to Marley Dias in 2015, these famous black female activists made history. 

Other top black female activists include Patrisse Cullors of the Black Lives Matter movement, Elaine Brown of the Black Panther party, and Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx. 

Read on to learn more about the best black female activists. Throughout history, and continued to this day, the women below have made a difference in the black community, and the world. 

  • Marley Dias

    Marley Dias is mainly known for being a young teen activist, focused on black representation in literature. In 2015, she launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks. Through this social media project, she was able to collect 9,000 books in a few short months, which were then donated to children's book drives across the world.

    She has also written and published her own book titled, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!

    Age: 15

    Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA

    • Alicia Garza

      Alicia Garza is one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Before helping to form Black Lives Matter, she was an editorial writer on police brutality and anti-racism. 

      Garza also helped form the Organization Supermajority, which is a movement focused on empowering women into American politics. Garza also launched Black Future Labs in 2018, which is focused on engaging black people in politics.

      Age: 39

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

      • After escaping slavery, Harriet Tubman would go on to rescue around 70 additional slaves through a secret network called the Underground Railroad. 

        In the late 1800's, Harriet Tubman became a women's rights activist during the Suffragist movement. 

        • Birthplace: Maryland

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      • Aside from being a popular actor, Yara Shahidi has worked to encourage voting among teens her age. She founded 'Eighteen x 18' with news publisher NowThis. Her activism work even earned her a letter of recommendation to Harvard University from Michelle Obama.

        • Age: 20
        • Birthplace: Minneapolis, USA, Minnesota

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