Celebs Who've Played Civil Rights Icons

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  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons jackie robinson
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons angela bassett betty shabazz
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons denzel washington malcolm x
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons cicely tyson coretta scott king
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons paul winfield martin luther king 1
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons lynn whitfield josephine baker
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons morgan freeman nelson mandela
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons courtney b vance bobby seale
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons daniel sunjata langston hughes
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons salma hayek frida kahlo
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons will smith muhammad ali
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons angela bassett rosa parks

Jackie Robinson as himself

Three years after joining the Brooklyn Dodgers — breaking Major League Baseball’s long-standing color barrier — Jackie Robinson found himself playing, well, himself in the biographical film The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950. After retiring in ‘57, the baseball Hall of Famer served on the board of the NAACP and co-founded the Freedom National Bank — a Black-owned and operated commercial bank based in Harlem.

 

(Photo: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures, Inc)

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