Frederick Douglass was born around 14 February 1818 into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. In 1881, Douglass published Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, which he revised in 1892. He taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Frederick Douglass married Anna Murray and they had five children. Frederick Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey biography and profile.
For decades George Habash was one of the most important Palestinian militant leaders. In 1967 he founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – at one time the most notorious of the many Palestinian factions. The group and its leader pioneered the tactic of hijacking aeroplanes, to try to achieve political objectives. For many years the PFLP was very influential within the PLO, second only to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement. George Habash was born into a Christian family in Lydda (present-day Lod) in Palestine around 1926. His family fled their home in 1948, when Israel was founded.
Bobi Wine born 12 February 1982, a musician from Uganda who began his music career in the early 2000s. In July, Bobi Wine locked arms with activists and marched on the streets of the capital, Kampala, to protest against a social media tax introduced ostensibly to boost state revenue and to end what Mr Museveni called “gossip” on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu biography and profile.
Colin Kaepernick was born on 3 November 1987. Kaepernick attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he set several school and college records. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Kaepernick in 2011, and he led the club to Super Bowl XLVII. In 2016, Kaepernick drew attention for refusing to stand for the national anthem, a form of protest that was adopted by other players and became a hot-button political topic. Colin Kaepernick biography and profile.
Alaa Salah declares: “I’m very glad that my photo let people around the world know about the revolution in Sudan. Since the beginning of the uprising I have been going out every day and participating in the demonstrations because my parents raised me to love our home. I will not bow down. My voice can not be suppressed.” More about Alaa Salah biography and profile.
Donald Tusk was born on 22 April 1957 in Gdansk, Poland. His father worked as a carpenter on the railway, his mother as a secretary at a hospital. When Tusk was 14 years old, his father died. Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council – a summit of leaders of all EU member states. Donald Tusk Biography and Profile.
Moshe Feiglin was born on 31 July 1962 and together with other members in the summer of 2015 the founded the Zehut party. Mr. Feiglin formerly served as a Knesset member in the Likud party and as Deputy Speaker of the 19th Knesset. The Feiglin family’s roots are deep in the Land of Israel. Moshe’s grandfather, Avraham Feiglin, was the first child born in the settlement of Metula, and his father, Yaakov Tzvi, served in the Hebrew Settlements Police and was one of the pioneers of the textile industry in Israel. In March 2015, Feiglin announced the establishment of the “Zehut – the Israeli Jewish Movement” party. Read Moshe Feiglin Biography and Profile.
Thanathorn Juangroongruangki born 25 November 1978, a Thai politician, political activist and former Vice President of the Thai Summit Group. Thanathorn received a joint-honours Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Thammasat University and the University of Nottingham. Read Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit Biography and Profile.
Lesley McSpadden is the mother of Michael Brown, the slain Missouri teenager who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson following an altercation at a convenience store in the suburban St. Louis city in August 2014. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. “We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice,” Lesley McSpadden told CNN in Geneva, Switzerland. Read Lesley McSpadden Biography and Profile.
Zuzana Caputova, the first female head of state of Slovakia, was born 21 June 1973 to a working-class family in the town of Pezinok in what was then western Czechoslovakia. Her 14-year-long case against the wealthy land developer involved organizing protests, filing lawsuits and writing petitions to the European Union. The campaign earned her a prestigious Goldman Environmental prize in 2016. Caputova’s election is a rare progressive victory in central Europe where nationalist rhetoric has grown over the past few years. Read Zuzana Caputova biography and profile.