Nine Social Justice Leaders You Never Knew Were Veg

People all over the world have been inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s tremendous commitment to justice and nonviolence. It's this very commitment that has moved millions of people to forgo eating animal products. Here are nine social justice leaders you never knew were veg.

1. Coretta Scott King

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The wife of Dr. King, Mrs. King believed that animal rights were a logical extension of Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence and observed a vegan diet along with their son, Dexter Scott King.

2. Mohandas Gandhi

An Indian spiritual and political leader, this world-renowned peace advocate, who inspired Dr. King, was also a committed vegetarian.


3. Rosa Parks


The famed "first lady of civil rights" also eschewed meat: "For over forty years, I've been vegetarian. Growing up, my family had little money--I had health problems early in life because of poor nutrition. Eating healthy is a priority for me."

4. Cesar Chavez


A labour leader and vegetarian, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.

5. Delores Huerta


Co-founding the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez, Huerta is a vegetarian role model in the Latin world. 

6. Reverend Al Sharpton


This Baptist minister and civil rights activist has spoken out against cruelty to animals.

7. Dick Gregory


An American comedian and outspoken feminist, Gregory became vegetarian in the 1960s.

8. Alice Walker


Author of "The Color Purple," this Pulitzer Prize winner states, "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men."

9. Susan B. Anthony

Last, but certainly not least, this women's suffrage pioneer was vegetarian.

There are many ways in which each of us can take action for peace and justice in our daily lives, such as advocating for meaningful causes in our communities, speaking up when we see injustice, and choosing to leave animals off our plates.

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