Celebs in the Civil Rights Movement

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 Muhammad Ali


The boxing icon’s activism began in 1964 when he joined the Black religious nationalist group the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He became a cause celebré when, in 1966, he refused to serve in the army and fight in the Vietnam war, famously commenting: “No Viet Cong ever called me a nigger."

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