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Famous Hispanic Activists

Famous Hispanics
Updated June 14, 2019 36.3k views 31 items
A List of Famous Hispanic Activists, with photos! These are some of the most well known Mexican Americans in the United States. Currently, over 10% of the population of the United States is Hispanic. Mexican American culture is robust and full of history, with a focus on family. The people on this list vary in importance, from Mexican American heroes to simple sources of pride within America's Mexican community. These lists include as many famous hispanics as possible, that said, finding all of them would be a very difficult task. Mexican immigrants are an important part of the fabric that is the great American melting pot. They include many important, distinguished, and notable people within the USA.
Cesar Chavez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 66 (1927-1993) from Yuma, Arizona
Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, locally [ˈsesaɾ esˈtɾaða ˈtʃaβes]; March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American labor leader and Latino American civil rights ...more
Sal Castro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Salvador B. Castro (October 25, 1933 – April 15, 2013) was a Mexican-American educator and activist. He was most well known for his role in the 1968 East Los Angeles high school walkouts, a ...more
Dolores Huerta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Age 88 from Dawson, New Mexico
Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta (born April 10, 1930) is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, ...more
Raul Yzaguirre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Raul Yzaguirre Age 79 from San Juan, Texas
Raul Humberto Yzaguirre (born July 22, 1939) is an American civil rights activist. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the president and CEO of the National ...more
Rodolfo Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 77 (1928-2005) from Denver, Colorado
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales (June 18, 1928 – April 12, 2005) was a Mexican American boxer, poet, and political activist. He convened the first-ever Chicano youth conference in March 1969, ...more
Maria Echaveste is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Age 64 from Texas, United States of America
Maria Echaveste (born May 31, 1954) is a former U.S. presidential advisor to Bill Clinton and White House Deputy Chief of Staff during the second Clinton administration. She is one of the ...more
Alex Pacheco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Age 60 from Joliet, Illinois
Alexander Fernando Pacheco (born August 1958) is an American animal rights activist. He is the founder of 600 Million Stray Dogs Need You, co-founder and former chairman of People for the ...more
Carlos Cadena is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 84 (1917-2001) from San Antonio, Texas
Carlos C. Cadena (1917–2001) was a Mexican American lawyer, civil rights activist and judge based in San Antonio, Texas.Carlos Cristian Cadena, who was the son of Mexican immigrants, was born in ...more
John Trudell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Age 73 from Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
John Trudell (February 15, 1946 – December 8, 2015) was a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' ...more
Gustavo C. Garcia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 49 (1915-1964) from Laredo, Texas
Gustavo "Gus" C. Garcia (July 27, 1915 – June 3, 1964) was a Mexican-American civil rights attorney. Garcia worked with fellow attorney Carlos Cadena in the landmark case ...more
Linda Chavez-Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Linda Chavez-Thompson (born August 3, 1944) is a second-generation Mexican American and union leader. She was elected the executive vice-president of the AFL-CIO in 1995 and served until ...more
Ricardo Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Ricardo Cruz
Ricardo Cruz may refer to: Ricardo Cruz (athlete) (born 1946), Salvadoran Olympic athlete Ricardo Cruz (goalkeeper) (born 1962), Brazilian football manager and former goalkeeper Ricardo Cruz ...more
John J. Herrera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
John J. Herrera Dec. at 76 (1910-1986) from Louisiana
John James Herrera (April 12, 1910 – October 12, 1986) was an American attorney, activist, and leader in the Chicano Movement. Herrera was born in Cravens, Louisiana. He joined the League of ...more
Baldemar Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Age 72 from Pharr, Texas
Baldemar Velásquez (born February 15, 1947) is an American labor union activist. He co-founded and is president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO. He was named a MacArthur ...more
Norma V. Cantu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Norma V. Cantu Age 64 from Texas
Norma V. Cantú (born November 2, 1954) is an American civil rights lawyer and educator. She is currently a professor of both its law and education at the University of Texas at Austin. ...more
José Ángel... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
José Angel Gutiérrez, is an attorney and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington in the United States. He was a founding member of the Mexican American Youth Organization ...more
Emma Tenayuca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 83 (1916-1999) from San Antonio, Texas
Emma Tenayuca (December 21, 1916 – July 23, 1999) was a Mexican American labor leader, union organizer and educator. She is best known for her work organizing Mexican workers in Texas during the ...more
Bert Corona is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 83 (1918-2001) from El Paso, Texas
Humberto Noé "Bert" Corona (May 29, 1918 – January 15, 2001) was an American labor and civil rights leader. Throughout his long career, he worked with nearly every major ...more
Josefina Fierro de Brigh... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Josefina Fierro de Bright
Josefina Fierro (1914 in Mexicali, Baja California – March 1998), later Josefina Fierro de Bright, was a Mexican American leader who helped organize resistance against discrimination in the ...more
Miguel Contreras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Miguel Contreras
Miguel Contreras (September 17, 1952 – May 6, 2005) was an American labor union leader. He "was known as a king-maker for both local and state politicians." Contreras was born in ...more
Mimi Lozano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Age 86 from San Antonio, Texas
Mimi Lozano (born 1933) is an educator and activist for Hispanic rights who co-founded the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research and is the editor and publisher of Somos Primos, ...more
Angel G. Luévano ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Age 69 from Santa Paula, California
Ángel Godinez Luévano (; born October 1, 1949) is a Mexican-American labor leader and activist who was the principal litigant in the class action suit Luévano v. Campbell. ...more
Olga Talamante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Olga Talamante Age 69 from Mexicali, Mexico
Olga Talamante (born 1950) is a Chicana political activist and the past executive director of the California-based Chicana/Latina Foundation.
Lupe Anguiano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Lupe Anguiano
Lupe Anguiano (born 12 March 1929) is a Mexican-American civil rights activist known for her work on women's rights, the rights of the poor, and the protection of the environment. She is ...more
Aurora Castillo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Aurora Castillo (1914–1998) better known as "la doña-- a title of respect given to her by her largely Latino community--" was a Mexican-American environmentalist from Los ...more