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Dekha Ibrahim Abdi
1964-2011
From: Kenya
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: peace activist

Maya Angelou
1928-2014
From: United States: Arkansas, California, Missouri, North Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: poet, novelist, activist, actress

Maryam Ibrahim Babangida
1948-2009
From: Nigeria
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: Feminist, activist

Erykah Badu
1971-
From: United States: Texas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Music
Key Words/Phrases: Singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress

Pearl Bailey
1918-1990
From: United States: New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Music, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: Actress and singer

Augusta Baker
1911-1998
From: United States: Maryland, New York, South Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Librarian, storyteller

Ella Baker
1903-1986
From: United States: Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Civil rights activist, labor organizer

Josephine Baker
1906-1975
From: France, United States: Missouri, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: cabaret singer, dancer, star

Maria Louise Baldwin
1856-1922
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Educator, civic leader

Joyce Banda
1950-
From: Malawi
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Business and Finance, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: Politician, educator, women's rights activist

Joyce Baskins
1944-2014
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service
Key Words/Phrases: Social activist

Daisy Gatson Bates
1914-1999
From: United States: Arkansas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: Civil rights activist

Lillian Kennedy Beam
From: United States: California, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Mary McLeod Bethune
1875-1955
From: United States: Florida, South Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Ruby Bridges
1954-
From: United States: Louisiana, Mississippi
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: first black child to attend a white school in New Orleans

Mary Shadd Cary
1823-1893
From: Canada, United States: Delaware, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Loretta Claiborne
1953-
From: United States: Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Sports
Key Words/Phrases: Special Olympics

Septima Poinsette Clark
1898-1987
From: United States: South Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Celina Cossa
From: Mozambique
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Agriculture and Horticulture

Ellen Smith Craft
1826-1891
From: United Kingdom, United States: Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Sociology/Social Work

Angela Davis
1944-
From: United States: Alabama, California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education

Katherine Dunham
1909-2006
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Anthropology, Stage and Screen

Marian Wright Edelman
1939-
From: United States: Mississippi, South Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law

Eka Esu-Williams
1950-
From: Nigeria
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Health and Medicine

Elizabeth Freeman (Mum Bett)
c. 1742-1829
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: slavery, anti-slavery, activism, human rights, precedent

Bertha Gilkey
1949-
From: United States: Arkansas, Missouri
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Clara Hale
1905-1992
From: United States: New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer
1917-1977
From: United States: Mississippi
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
1825-1911
From: United States: Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Barbara Harris
1930-
From: United States: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Religion

Patricia Roberts Harris
1924-1985
From: United States: Illinois, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Law

Dorothy Height
1912-2010
From: United States: Pennsylvania, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Psychology
Key Words/Phrases: civil rights activist, president of National Council of Negro Women, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal

Drusilla Dunjee Houston
1876-1941
From: United States: Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, History, Journalism and Broadcasting

Harriet Jacobs
1813-1897
From: United States: Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley
1818-1907
From: United States: Virginia, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Other

Coretta Scott King
1927-2006
From: United States: Alabama, Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: civil rights activist

Ellen Kuzwayo
1914-2006
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Wangari Muta Maathai
1940-
From: Kenya
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Environment, Government and Politics
Key Words/Phrases: activist, Nobel Peace Prize

Graca Simbine Machel
1945-
From: Mozambique
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education
Key Words/Phrases: advocate for women's and children's rights

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
1936-
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics

Hattie McDaniel
1895-1952
From: United States: California, Kansas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Stage and Screen

Gcina Mhlope
1959-
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Micere Githae Mugo
1942-
From: Kenya, Zimbabwe
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Joyce F. Mungherera
From: Uganda
Fields: Activism and Social Service

Pauli Murray
1910-1985
From: United States: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law, Religion

Molara Ogundipe-Leslie
From: Nigeria
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Chief Bisi Ogunleye
From: Nigeria
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Business and Finance

Rosa Louise Parks
1913-2005
From: United States: Alabama, Michigan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Lucy Parsons
1853-1942
From: United States: Illinois, Texas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations

Ethel Payne
1911-1991
From: United States: Illinois, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Journalism and Broadcasting

Bernice Johnson Reagon
1942-
From: United States: Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Music
Key Words/Phrases: singer, composer, scholar, activist, Sweet Honey in the Rock

Rachel Robinson
1922-
From: United States: California
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine

Josephine Ruffin
1842-1924
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: editor, journalist, civil rights leader, activist

Edith S. Sampson
1901-1979
From: United States: Illinois, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Law

Mary Louise Smith
1937-
From: United States: Alabama
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Preceded Rosa Parks in defying bus segregation

Maria Stewart
1803-1879
From: United States: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Religion

Efua Theodora Sutherland
1924-1996
From: Ghana
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Literature and Poetry

Mary Burnett Talbert
1866-1923
From: United States: Arkansas, New York, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Mary Church Terrell
1863-1954
From: United States: Ohio, Tennessee, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education

Sojourner Truth
1797-1883
From: United States: Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Harriet Tubman
1820-1913
From: United States: Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: slave, abolitionist, Underground Railroad

Alice Walker
1944-
From: United States: California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Faye Wattleton
1943-
From: United States: Missouri, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Health and Medicine

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
1862-1931
From: United States: Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting

Fannie Barrier Williams
1855-1944
From: United States: Illinois, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education



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