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Famous Hispanics
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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)
Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. A Mexican American, Chavez became ...more

Sal Castro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 80 (1933-2013)
Salvador B. Castro 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 series of protests against unequal ...more

Dolores Huerta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 88
Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who was an early member of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Huerta has ...more

Raul Yzaguirre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Raul Yzaguirre age 79
Raul Humberto Yzaguirre is an American civil rights activist. Currently a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he previously served as the president and CEO of the National Council ...more

Rodolfo Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 77 (1928-2005)
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzáles was a Mexican American boxer, poet, and political activist. He convened the first-ever Chicano youth conference in March 1969, which was attended by ...more

Maria Echaveste is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 64
Maria Echaveste 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 highest-ranking Latinas to ...more

Alex Pacheco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 60
Alexander Fernando Pacheco is an American animal rights activist. He is co-founder and former chairman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and a member of the advisory board of the ...more

Carlos Cadena is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 84 (1917-2001)
Carlos C. Cadena 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 San ...more

John Trudell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 73
John Trudell is an American author, poet, actor, musician, and former political activist. He was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, ...more

Gustavo C. Garcia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 49 (1915-1964)
Gustavo "Gus" C. Garcia was a Mexican-American civil rights attorney. Garcia worked with fellow attorney Carlos Cadena in the landmark case Hernández v. Texas, arguing before ...more

Linda Chavez-Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 74
Linda Chavez-Thompson 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 September 21, 2007. She is ...more

Ricardo Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Ricardo Cruz Dec. at 50 (1943-1993)
Ricardo Cruz, aka Richard V. Cruz, was a Los Angeles, California attorney who fought for many Chicano Movement causes. He was an early organizer of La Raza Law Students and the short-lived but ...more

John J. Herrera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
John J. Herrera Dec. at 76 (1910-1986)
John James Herrera was an American attorney, activist, and leader in the Mexican American civil rights movement. Herrera was born in Cravens, Louisiana. He joined the League of United Latin ...more

Baldemar Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 72
Baldemar Velásquez 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 Fellow in 1989, and ...more

Norma V. Cantu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Norma V. Cantu age 64
Norma V. Cantú 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. She served as the ...more

José Ángel Gutiérrez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 75
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)
Emma Tenayuca was a Mexican American labor leader, union organizer and educator. She grew up in a family of eleven and began living with her grandparents at an early age in order to ease the ...more

Bert Corona is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 83 (1918-2001)
Humberto Noé "Bert" Corona was an American labor and civil rights leader. Throughout his long career, he worked with nearly every major Mexican-American organization, founding ...more

Josefina Fierro de Bright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 78 (1920-1998)
Josefina Fierro, later Josefina Fierro de Bright, was a Mexican American leader who helped organize resistance against discrimination in the American Southwest during the Great Depression. She ...more

Miguel Contreras is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Miguel Contreras Dec. at 53 (1952-2005)
Miguel Contreras was an American labor union leader. He "was known as a king-maker for both local and state politicians." Contreras was born in Dinuba, a city in California's ...more

Mimi Lozano is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Mimi Lozano age 86
Mimi Lozano 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, an online ...more

Angel G. Luévano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
age 69
Ángel Godinez Luévano is a Mexican-American labor leader and activist who was the principal litigant in the class action suit Luévano v. Campbell. He is also a graduate of ...more

Olga Talamante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Olga Talamante age 69
Olga Talamante is a Chicana political activist and the current executive director of the California-based Chicana/Latina Foundation.

Lupe Anguiano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Lupe Anguiano age 89
Lupe Anguiano is a civil rights activist known for her work on women's rights, the rights of the poor, and the protection of the environment. In 2007 she was designated a Women's History Month ...more

Aurora Castillo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Hispanic Activists
Dec. at 84 (1914-1998)
Aurora Castillo was a Mexican-American environmentalist from Los Angeles, California. She co-founded the Mothers of East Los Angeles in 1984. The MELA organization has fought against a scheduled ...more