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List of famous social activists, with photos, bios, and other information.  Who are the top social activists in the world? This includes the most prominent social activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable social activists is ordered by their level of prominence,, and you can sort the info by column.

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Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he has led the industrial ...more

Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more

Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more

Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
The Nightwatchman is the alter-ego and solo act of American musician Tom Morello. Morello began performing as the Nightwatchman in 2003 as an outlet for his political views while he was playing ...more

John Denver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

Paul Robeson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Paul Leroy Robeson was an American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At Rutgers College, he was an outstanding football player, then had an international ...more

Medgar Evers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Medgar Wiley Evers was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas ...more

Preity Zinta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Preity Zinta is an Indian film actress. She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood, as well as Telugu, Punjabi and English language films. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Zinta ...more

Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air ...more

Margaret Sanger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Margaret Higgins Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, ...more

Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz ...more

Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1988 and became an underground hit. The album peaked at #22 on ...more

Howard Zinn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Howard Zinn was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including his ...more

Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? ...more

Bhagat Singh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Bhagat Singh was an Indian socialist considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as "Shaheed Bhagat ...more

Jane Addams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Jane Addams was a pioneer American settlement social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. In an era when presidents such as Theodore ...more

Erykah Badu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Erykah Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in ...more

Cesar Chavez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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

Mýa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Mýa Marie Harrison, better known as Mýa, is an American hip hop and R&B singer, record producer and actress. Harrison's eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was ...more

Andrew Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Andrew Michael Sullivan is a British author, editor and blogger, resident in the United States. A former editor of The New Republic and the author or editor of six books, Sullivan is an ...more

Phyllis Schlafly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly is an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and speaker and founder of the Eagle Forum. She is known for her staunch social and ...more

Thom Yorke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the lead singer and principal songwriter of the bands Radiohead and Atoms for Peace, known for his wide ...more

Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC is a Canadian singer, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer. Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of rock music during ...more

Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Larry Kramer is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to ...more

Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate ...more