Celebs in the Civil Rights Movement

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Hugh Hefner

Yes, he liberated American men’s libido when he founded the high-brow nudie magazine Playboy in 1953. But the media mogul was also an early supporter of Black folk’s struggle for civil rights, participating in protests against segregated restaurants and movie theaters as a college student, not to mention letting James Brown sing “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” on his short-lived TV show Playboy After Dark. After learning two Southern franchises of his Playboy nightclubs were segregated, he bought the outlets back at his own expense to integrate them.

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