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List of famous male civil rights activists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male civil rights activists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being civil rights activists. There are thousand of males working as civil rights activists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic civil rights activists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a civil rights activist then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male civil rights activists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male civil rights activists?" and "Who are the best male civil rights activists?"
Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Civil Rights Activists
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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 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu in India. Born and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)

Birthplace: Porbandar, India

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Civil Rights Activists
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Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch of Evil with Orson Welles; Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor; El Cid; and Planet of the Apes. He also starred in the films The Greatest Show on Earth; Secret of the Incas; and The Agony and the Ecstasy. The starring roles gave the actor a grave, authoritative persona and embodied responsibility, individualism and masculinity; later in his career, he rejected scripts that did not emphasize those virtues. His media image as a spokesman for Judeo-Christian moral values enabled ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 85 (1923-2008)

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Civil Rights Activists
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The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest-lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are amongst the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet. The Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Qinghai, and was selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama two years later, although he was only formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15. The Gelug school's government administered an area roughly corresponding to the Tibet Autonomous Region just as the nascent People's Republic of China wished to ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 82

Birthplace: Taktser, China

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Cesar Chavez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Civil Rights Activists
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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 the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. However, by the mid-1980s membership in the UFW had ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 66 (1927-1993)

Birthplace: Yuma, Arizona, United States of America

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