Top 10 Famous Humanitarians of All Time: We all have humanity in our hearts when we give charity or do something for the improvement of lives of others. There are billions of humans in this world, but the quality of being humane is seen in only a few. It is the actions of the humanitarians that make a huge difference in the world. Only because of these humanitarians the world becomes a peaceful place to live. Many persons sacrifice their time and money by working for the welfare of the suffering people. Through their selfless acts, they take humanitarianism to a whole new level. The great humanitarians are known for their greatness of hearts. And they are the persons who truly inspire us with their actions. Here is the list of 10 famous humanitarians of all time.
10. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln is the most famous personality of the world. He is the person who led the United States through its Civil War, and he tried to preserve the Union and abolished slavery. Lincoln is a historical figure and a role model to all. Lincoln, is one of the popular leaders, who is honored by millions. He is a true humanitarian who considered the whole world as his native land. He has freed the Africans from the colonial rule. He is always ranked by both the scholars and the public as one of the three greatest U.S presidents. Lincoln through his powerful inner strength had a remarkable ability to overcome hardship. He worked for his nation and people.
9. Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also called Bapu is considered as the Father of the Nation. Gandhiji fought for the Independence of India and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. His name Mahatma means “Great Soul” and it was applied to him in 1941 in South Africa. He is the founder of Natal Indian Congress which is still active today in South Africa. He was a truly inspiring leader for all the people. He followed Ahimsa and fought with the British unarmed. His words were sharper than swords. Gandhi was jailed for many years for several reasons. In 1921, Mahatma Gandhi led the Indian National Congress and implemented many programs for reducing poverty, developing women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, putting an end to untouchability, but above all for achieving Swaraj or self-rule. He was against violence and was even polite to the persons who showed violence to him. He also protested against excessive land-tax and discrimination by organizing peasants, farmers, and urban laborers.
8. Desmond Tutu
The retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights activist who rose to popularity during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He is regarded as a great man by many of the persons who know him. Tutu has taken many steps to fight against several social and international issues. The kind-hearted man had received the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1984. He works for the oppressed and actively participates in the defense of human rights. Desmond Tutu campaigned to fight racism, poverty, transphobia, homophobia and HIV/AIDS. Tutu was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and also served as the bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.
7. Michael Jackson
Commonly called the King of Pop, he is one of the most popular humanitarians of the world. In 1971, Michael Jackson began his solo career. He is famous as a singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer. As a public figure, he not only contributed to music, dance and fashion but also to humanitarian activities. Jackson has donated millions to help famine sufferers in Africa, along with Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder back in 1985. Also had made several attempts and secret trips to partner with Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Desmond Tutu and everybody else to build children’s homes, establish generational children’s trust funds, and do more good for the poor children’s lives for the better than anyone has done. He is the eighth child of the Jackson family. He started his career with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. And for over four decades, his publicized personal life gained him a global figure in popular culture. He has influenced several artists with his extraordinary sound and style.
6. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie along with her husband, Brad Pitt founded The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2006 for doing several humanitarian activities in the world. Apart from an actress, she is a great humanitarian. Jolie spends her money and time for countless field missions to some of the most remote countries in the world. She began visiting the refugee camps around the world and always keep in touch with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to know more about the international trouble spots. She has contributed 1 million dollars in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal, for the African refugees in Pakistan. And that is the largest donation ever received by the UNHCR from a private individual. Angelina also actively work for the conservation and community development. Jolie has pushed for legislation to aid child immigrants and other vulnerable children in both the U.S. and developing nations, including the “Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act of 2005”. She is a celebrity who is a role model to all.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is known to the world as a true humanitarian who supports the needy in every way she could. She is famous as a philanthropist, media proprietor, actress and talks show host. Many regard her as the most influential woman in the world. Winfrey was very famous for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, and it was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Oprah was born into poverty in rural Mississippi, and she knows the real pain of being starved. She shows equal affection for both people higher or lower her, and nobody in her eyes would ever be treated as inferior because she always takes people and makes sure they get to the top, somewhere somehow. Winfrey became the first black person to rank among the fifty most generous Americans. She is now North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person.
4. Martin Luther King
King had a great role in the advancement of civil rights that also by using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. He had received the Nobel Peace Prize for opposing racial inequality through nonviolence on October 14, 1964. Martin Luther King is a true humanitarian whose famous speech ” I Have A Dream” had influenced millions. Martin was an American Baptist minister and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis. He was a great man, and his greatness was not diminished thrugh his death. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also renamed for him. King is one of the greatest orators in American history.
3. Princess Diana
Princess Diana is best known as children’s activist. She was the first wife of Charles, Princes of Wales. She is one of the most beautiful minded women in the whole world. She has proved to the world that a woman can be so kind to the children around her. Diana used her power and status for the needy and sufferers. Diana helped the famine victims all over the world, especially in South Africa. This princess has fought against the use of landmines and had been part of many campaigns for animal protection. And as Princess of Wales, she was expected to make regular public appearances at hospitals, schools, and other facilities, in the 20th century model of royal patronage.
2. Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa is recognized as religious figures and a symbol of charity and selfless efforts. In 2012. She founded the Missionaries of Charity a Roman Catholic religious congregation to help the people who suffer. They conduct several children’s and family counseling programs, orphanages and schools. They also help the persons who suffers from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, leprosy. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. All widely admired Mother Teresa for her charitable works. She was persons who cannot walk away from the victims, and she stood for the world. She provided food to the hunger and showed the light to many humans.
1. Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela can be regarded as a mercenary from the time he was young, struggling and fighting for the cause of fairness amongst races in South Africa. He is the air of South Africa and without him, the country would not be in this state. He is a real politician who stood for the people of South Africa. The Long Walk To Freedom, a movie was made in dedication to Mandela’s life. As a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary he has worked for his people. He was even jailed for about 27 years. And all the difficulties he faced, made him a stronger person. He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. And his government mainly concentrated on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Many call him as ‘Black Jesus, due to his most influencing life. He is a true humanitarian who not only donated charity to orphanages and other places but showed the real humanity to the persons who approaches him.