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List of Famous Social Activists

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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of people like Paul McCartney and Nelson Mandela. Featuring celebrity social activists, modern day activists, and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known social activists to the lesser known social activists of today, these are the top ten best professionals in this field. If you want to answer the question, "Who are the most famous social activists ever?" start your search here. You can use the people in this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. 
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  • Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Marlon Brando Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and film director. With... more on Wikipedia

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  • Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Al Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American civil rights activist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Elizabeth Berkley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • Bono is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (), is an Irish... more on Wikipedia
  • Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Margaret Cho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • George Soros is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Marlo Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Clay Aiken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
    Clayton Holmes "Clay" Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom; November 30, 1978) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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  • Harry Belafonte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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