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Famous Political Activists from the United States

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List of notable or famous political activists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top political activists born in the United States and even some popular political activists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American political activists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These political activists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known political activist from the United States is included when available.

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This historic political activists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American political activists of note?" and "Who are the most famous political activists from the United States?" These prominent political activists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American political activists.

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    Aaron Russo

    Dec. at 64 (1943-2007)
    Aaron Russo (February 14, 1943 – August 24, 2007) was an American entertainment businessman,...  more

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    Afeni Shakur Davis (born Alice Faye Williams; January 10, 1947 – May 2, 2016) was an American...  more
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    Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and...  more

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    Benjamin Franklin

    Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)
    Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American...  more

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    Chuck D

    Age: 60
    Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (born August 1, 1960), known professionally as Chuck D, is an...  more

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    Dashiell Hammett

    Dec. at 67 (1894-1961)
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    David Norman Bossie (born November 1, 1965) is an American political activist. Since 2000, he...  more
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    Debbie Willhite

    Age: 68
    Debbie Willhite (born December 28, 1951) is an American Democratic political consultant and...  more
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    Doris "Granny D" Haddock

    Dec. at 100 (1910-2010)
    Doris "Granny D" Haddock (January 24, 1910 – March 9, 2010) was an American political activist...  more
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    Ed Asner

    Age: 90
    Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former...  more

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    Eldridge Cleaver

    Dec. at 63 (1935-1998)
    Leroy Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998) was an American writer, and political...  more
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    Elizabeth Anne Hull (born January 10, 1937) is an American academic, political activist and...  more
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    Geo Anne Sosa

    Age: 66
    Born Joanne Sosa, began career in  1970's  series of  message films Billy Jack, The Trial of...
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    Gregory Žatkovich

    Dec. at 81 (1886-1967)
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    Harry Belafonte (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor....  more

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    Huey P. Newton

    Dec. at 47 (1942-1989)
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    Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who...  more

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    Jane Fonda

    Age: 82
    Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, political activist and...  more

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    Janeane Marie Garofalo (; born September 28, 1964) is an American actress, voice artist,...  more

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    James Allen Hightower (born January 11, 1943) is an American syndicated columnist, progressive...  more
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    Kahn-Tineta Horn (born 16 April 1940, New York City) is a Mohawk political activist, civil...  more
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    Kristen Anne Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress. She began her acting career by...  more

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    Age: 43
    Mutulu Olugbala (born Lavonne Alford on May 12, 1972), better known by his stage name M-1, is...  more
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    Marietta Peabody Tree

    Dec. at 74 (1917-1991)
    Marietta Peabody Tree (April 17, 1917 – August 15, 1991) was an American socialite and...  more