Celebs in the Civil Rights Movement

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 Bill Cosby  

The iconic comedian and actor did his part for the civil rights movement by breaking barriers in the world of television. Already beloved for his widely-appealing stand-up routines about his life growing up, Cosby proved to TV execs and audiences that a Black man can play a lead in a television series. In 1965, after being cast in I Spy, he became the first Black male lead in a dramatic TV series. He’s also contributed greatly to the financial causes of Black colleges.

(dpa /Landov)

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