Nighat Dad was born 1981, in the small town of Ratta Matta, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Nighat Dad is an accomplished lawyer and a human rights activist. She founded Digital Rights Foundation (DRF). “The main objective of DRF was not to just establish another NGO, but to really start a movement on digital rights and internet freedom issues.” Here’s Nighat Dad Biography and Profile.
Marielle Franco, human rights activist, was born July 27, 1979. She was assassinated 14 March 2018.
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her chains are very different from my own,” Marielle Franco said to the mixed crowd of activists fighting to build a better life in the South American country.
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Kaitlin Bennett, born 15 October 1995, is an American gun rights advocate, anti-abortion activist, and social media personality. Kaitlin Bennett doesn’t support any form of gun regulation. “A lot of millennial gun control advocates come from a place of emotion,” Bennett said. “They want people to stop dying from guns, and I agree with that. However, they just let their emotions override their logic.” Here’s Kaitlin Bennett Biography and Profile.
Opal Tometi, activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors are a co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. Opal Tometi was born 1984, in Phoenix, Arizona, in the US to Nigerian parents. Tometi grew up hearing Yoruba and Esan spoken at home – and says her first trip to Nigeria as a teenager, changed her life. Here’s Opal Tometi Biography and Profile.
Alicia Garza was born on 4 January 1981. During her childhood, Garza and her family lived in the North San Francisco Bay area. Alicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She’s s the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network. Alicia Garza Biography and Profile.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, born in 1984 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the Pacoima neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley. Patrisse Cullors is an American artist and activist. Cullors is an advocate for prison abolition in Los Angeles and a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Here’s Patrisse Cullors Biography and Profile.
Wyclef Jean, who was born October 17, 1969, in Haiti but grew up and rose to fame as a singer with the Fugees in America, had launched his campaign in a blaze of publicity. Wyclef has been rewarded for his creativity and adventurousness with three Grammy Awards, a spot on the cover of Rolling Stone’s special “Top 50 Hip Hop Players,” and the opportunity to make music with such legends as Michael Jackson, Queen, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, and Tom Jones. Here’s Wyclef Jean Biography and Profile.
Emel Mathlouthi, Tunisian singer and songwriter, began writing guitar-based songs with political messages when she was a student in the mid-2000s. “I am those who are free and never fear,” Emel Mathlouthi sings, her voice ringing with certainty. “I am the secrets that will never die, I am the voice of those who would not give in, I am the meaning amid the chaos.”
Dalai Lama born 6 July 1935, Taktser, Tibet (now People’s Republic of China). The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1950, at 16, His Holiness was called upon to assume full political power as Head of State and Government when Tibet was threatened by the might of China. In 1959 he was forced into exile in India after the Chinese military occupation of Tibet. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Lhamo Thondup Biography and Profile.