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Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) - King was a pivotal figure in the non-violent civil rights movement. During the 1950s and 1960s, he sought to improve race relations and overturn discrimination in American society. He is remembered for his powerful speeches which sought to bring about a united society - where race did not act as a barrier. Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013 ) - Mandela spent most of his life campaigning for an end to apartheid in South Africa. After over 20 years in prison, he was released and was able to be the first elected President in post apartheid South Africa. Also admired for his forgiveness and willingness to reach out to the white community in South Africa. Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) Leading figurehead in the South African anti apartheid movement. Desmond Tutu is a leading figure in speaking out for humanitarian and civil rights issues. Oliver Tambo (1917 - 1993). President of the ANC (1960 - 1990). Tambo was a leading figure in promoting international opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa. Mohammed Ali (1942 – ) Great boxer of the 1960s. Refused to fight in Vietnam. Then a controversial decision, he later became widely admired as a principled figure of great stature. Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) A former slave, Douglass became a leading figurehead in the anti-slavery movement. One of the most prominent African American leaders of the Nineteenth Century. His autobiography of life as a slave, and his speeches denouncing slavery - were influential in changing public opinion. Toussaint Louverture (1743 - 1803) Leader of Haitian slave revolt. In 1791 he led the successful military revolt in Saint-Domingue and over the next years consolidated his power and influence restoring the plantation system with paid labour. Louverture enabled the colony to end slavery and in 1804 declared itself the independent Republic of Haiti. Malcolm X (1925-1965) - Member of the Nation of Islam which advocated black self-determination separation of black and white people. He later disavowed racism and the Nation of Islam Jesse Owens (1913-1980) (athletics) Won four Olympic Golds at 'Hitler's Olympics', Berlin 1936. Owens maintained a dignified stance on civil rights, despite enduring discrimination during his life. Pele (1940 - ) (Brazil, footballer) Pele was the greatest footballer of the century. Since retirement Pele become a global ambassador for sport and is a well known advocate of overcoming poverty. Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013) Best selling Nigerian novelist. He wrote the 1958 classic, 'Things Fall Apart' Bob Marley (1973 – ) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter and political activist. Marley achieved fame with the Wailers and then forged a successful solo career. Marley was a committed Rastafarian and helped to make reggae music globally recognised. Abebe Bikila (1932-1973) - A trailblazer of African running. Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon whilst running barefoot. Olaudah Equiano (1745 - 1797) - The first black African slave to write about his experience as a slave. His book 'The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano' played a pivotal role in turning public opinion in Britain against slavery Benjamin Zephaniah (1958 – ) English poet and writer, born to West Indian parents. Zephaniah writes poetry influenced by Jamaican Rastafarian tradition. He is also a social activist in fields of civil rights, animal rights and vegetarianism
Source: blog.biographyonline.net
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